In 1934 Edwin Muir set off on his Scottish Journey, travelling from Edinburgh to his childhood home of Orkney. More than 80 years later, James McEnaney follows in Muir's tyre tracks. Travelling on an ailing 15 year old motorbike called Vicky, he stays with ordinary Scots who are kind enough to welcome him into their homes, tell him about their lives and share their hopes for the future.
This project is a snapshot depiction, a "confusing conglomeration", of the Scotland experienced over ten days in the spring of 2018. In the words of Muir himself: "... this is not a survey but a bundle of impressions: not the Scottish journey, but a Scottish Journey." McEnaney will set out to experience a country that he thought he knew, gathering his own bundle of impressions and then stitching them imperfectly together.
James McEnaney is a lecturer, journalist and writer who currently lives near Glasgow. James specialises in investigative journalism with a particular focus on Scottish education, freedom of information and policymaking, and has worked with both media outlets including The Herald, the Daily Record and CommonSpace. He is also a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement Scotland, for whom he writes comment and analysis pieces. In 2017 he contributed to A Nation Changed?: The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On for which he produced a chapter on Scottish schooling. James has also been a keen motorcyclist for more than a decade. He has travelled extensively throughout Scotland in this time and has also journeyed through western Europe.