PATRICK LAURIE was born and brought up in Galloway. After gaining a Master of Arts degree in Scottish Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow, he moved to the Isle of Harris to work on hebridean fishing boats. Since 2010, he has balanced freelance journalism with farming and conservation projects in Galloway and the northern part of the UK. Find out more at gallowayfarm.wordpress.com.

He is the author of: Galloway: Life In a Vanishing Landscape