Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay, and seeing this pop up on my social media as a hash tag made me want to share part of my story.
The title of this play from Ellie Stewart intrigues me, and so the first thing I ask her is where it came from:
"It comes from the local gossip based on the folklore of the island. Women were banished there because they were 'too much mischief' to have around the Monastery on Iona."
The island Ellie is referring to is Eilean nam Ban (Island of Women), and I discover that St. Columba claimed, "where there is a cow there is a woman, and where there is a woman there is mischief". The wives and daughters of the abbey builders were exiled to live on the island with the cows.
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.