Jasper reads from Paddle, describing kayaking out to Inishturk, at nine miles off-shore one of Ireland's remotest island communities. He arrives in Inishturk's hidden harbour in the late summer dusk, to find the night's dance in the village hall has still to start, leaving him time to cook up local delicacies for a late supper, and brew up his own-recipe Jameson's Stew.
In this extract from Paddle, Jasper's voyage takes him past the Skellig Islands, with their bleak monastery ruins and teeming colony of gannets, and from there westwards through the notorious sound that separates the Blasket Islands from the mainland. Camped out on a tiny islet, looking across at An Blascaod Mór, brings to his mind the island's culture of storytelling and the resulting books, such as Peig, The Islandman and Twenty Years A-Growing, that made great literature of traditional off-shore life.
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