A PHOTOGRAPHER nominated for one of Scotland’s most prestigious book awards is to talk about his work at Faclan, the Hebridean book festival based at An Lanntair on the Isle of Lewis.

Alex Boyd, who is on the Saltire Society’s shortlist for their first book award alongside three novelists, will talk about his book St Kilda: The Silent Islands on Wednesday, with musical accompaniment by multi-instrumentalist Jessica Danz.

The book features haunting photographs Boyd took on a camera which belonged to legendary photographer Fay Goodwin. It focuses on the beauty of the isolated archipelago as well as its post-war role as part of a missile-tracking range led by the UK Ministry of Defence, which leases St Kilda from the National Trust for Scotland.

Boyd says: “When I first began St Kilda: The Silent Islands I wanted it to be a book which gave readers the chance to see another side of this incredible archipelago. The book takes a place we think we know, and presents us with not only those sublime abandoned landscapes, but also the reality of a working island – the radar domes and the concrete installations from which we avert our eyes.”

Boyd says he is thankful to Dr Kevin Grant, a specialist on the archaeology of St Kilda who contributes to the book – and acknowledges his publisher.

“I was also happy to collaborate with Luath,” he says. “They understood that the book should be printed in an environmentally friendly way and to the highest possible quality.”

Faclan: October 31 to November 3, An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, author events: £6, £5 concs, films: £4, £3 concs. School events free (booking essential). All events free to under-26s. Tel: 01851 708 480. www.lanntair.com/faclan