Esther Rutter

The Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History

Writer in Residence for the University of St. Andrews School of Geography and Sustainable Development, Esther Rutter grew up on a sheep farm and learnt to spin, weave and knit as a child. Over the course of a year, she has travelled the length of the British Isles to unravel the story of wool's long history here.

On her journey Esther unearthed fascinating community histories, lives shaped by wool: from Border counties mill workers, to English market towns built on wool trade profits, and Highland communities cleared for sheep farming. Knitter, natterer, singer, and hill-walker, Esther brings her tales to us in Pitlochry in an event that is both an exploration of wool's influence on our landscape, history and culture, and a meditation on the craft of knitting!

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