At the end of 2015 I interviewed residents of Dunoon and the surrounding areas asking them questions about their experiences of living by the sea, what “the sea” means to them and what part it plays in their life to create a short video called The Sea, The Sea, The Sea. The video includes contributions from pupils of Toward Primary School (which is situated right on the water, looking out to Bute), students at Dunoon Grammar School, a sea captain, a naval engineer, an artist, a geologist, employees at local businesses as well as residents who practice open water swimming, who boat and sail for leisure and who have lived on the water for all or part of their lives.
I hope that the film will show a snapshot of how people of a range of ages and experiences from a seaside community of the West Coast of Scotland speak about the sea and the part it plays in their life. It has been really enjoyable to speak to people in the community about the sea that we share and I have been struck by some of the common elements that people refer to: the smell, the ever-changing colours and moods, the memories and the enjoyment of walking by the sea. I asked people for their own “sea-words” and these have been really valuable as part of my enquiry about the sea and language. Thank you to everyone who has given up their time to be interviewed for this project, it is very much appreciated.