Honestly – no sooner does one frenzied, unifying, festival-type. UK summer event end and another starts. Okay, the achievement of England‘s plucky little World Cup heroes wasn’t something that could be (openly) celebrated with great fervour in all corners of the British Isles. But just as the Gareth Southgate paper masks and waistcoats are swept up and (hopefully) put in the recycling – a giant orange spectre will appear on these shores and do what Gareth and the lads could never, ever hope to do (and no jokes about reaching the final… ) – unite the four nations of the United Kingdom. From Stornoway to Southend, from Orkney to Oldham, from Lisburn to Llandudno – we stand together in resisting the orange menace. Childish, ineffectual, unstately? Well enough about Donald Trump…
There are other things that unify and typify the UK though. Britain is a wonderfully creative place and Brits have a great sense of humour which can sometimes seem a bit baffling to others. The giant, baby-Trump balloon floating above London – for example. Okay, it’s decidedly not subtle and could possibly reinforce the image of the smug liberal elites having a good old snigger/snicker at a (possibly) democratically elected politician. It’s a good laugh at the time but ultimately meaningless… perhaps. But the great thing about British humour is we have plenty of different types to choose from. We’ve always done satire very well – from Alexander Pope and William Hogarth to Peter Cook and Chris Morris. And we can do subtle – which brings me to my own modest contribution to the anti-Trump creative industry.
As a Scottish woman, I was inspired to write a tale imagining how the decisions taken by another Scottish woman – over eighty years ago – could have such a seismic impact on our life today. Letter from America is a Twilight Zone type fantasy which has elements of Back to the Future, Terminator and Brigadoon. Hopefully people will find it humorous but also a little poignant. The whole idea of people having to leave a land they love for whatever reason – to make money, chase a dream or perhaps because their own land isn’t fit to live in anymore. So it is anti – Trump but it’s also a valentine to immigrants, the LGBT community, all those who stand up to bullies – in the past and in the future… and of course the beautiful Western Isles.
And in honour of Mr Trump’s UK visit – for the next four days you can download Letter from America for free!