Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish

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In his second work in a trilogy involving the Celtic identity, Watkins mingles poetry, history, and song with tall and true tales of his adventures in the Scottish Highlands. Whether shanghaied on a ship to the Arctic Circle, hunting for gold in the mountains, sinking a docked barge, shooting the breeze with ghosts at a pub, or bedazzling friends with druid magic, Watkins keeps readers on their toes as he dances us through his days and nights as a young man finding his way through the world. From the roaring seas to the verdant Scottish countryside, Watkins tackles his rugged environs with good humor and smarts on this ultimate journey of maturation and self-discovery.
Bill Watkins is the author of the Book Sense best-seller A Celtic Childhood. Watkins was born in Birminghamin 1950 into a Welsh/Irish family. Both of his parents were traditional singers. He learned to play the tin whistle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle as a youth, and has been performing ever since. As a young man he made his living on frieght and fishing ships. Watkins has won several awards for his poetry, and has contributed numerous articles to Private Eye, a satirical magazine in the U.K., and the Glasgow Herald.

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In Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish, Watkins deftly mingles Celtic poetry, history, and song with true and tall tales of his high-seas adventures and explorations of the Scottish Highlands. Whether being shanghaied on a trawler to the Arctic Circle, sinking a docked warship, shooting the breeze with ghosts in a pub, bedazzling friends with Druid magic, or hunting for gold in the mountains, Watkins keeps readers on their toes as he dances us through his days and nights as a young man raring to take on the world. From the "Silver City" of Aberdeen to "mystic mistress" Edinburgh to the eerie banks of Loch Ness, Watkins tackles his rugged environs with humor and smarts on this ultimate journey of maturation and self-discovery.

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Bill Watins was born in Birmingham in 1950 into a Welsh/Irish family. As a teenager he moved to "Sister Scotland," where he discovered "a country that's like Ireland but without the rules." He has made a living as a musician, maritime radio officer, theater lighting director, and film lighting gaffer. Watkins has also contributed numerous articles to Private Eye, a satirical magazine in the U.K., and The Glasgow Herald. He lives and entertains in Minneapolis, where he makes a weekly splash performing at local pubs.

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