Margaret Tait to be honoured in Orkney

Pioneering filmmaker will be remembered by a plaque

by Amber Wilkinson

Plans have been announced to commemorate Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait with a plaque on Orkney, where she was born.

Margaret Tait
Margaret Tait

Tait, whose centenary has been celebrated this year by a number of initiatives across the country, was the first Scottish woman to make a feature film - Blue Black Permanent, which has recently been restored by the BFI. In 2012 her work was memorialised in documentary Margaret Tait, Film Poet.

Her nephew, photographer and writer Charles Tait, told BBC Radio Orkney permission has been granted for a plaque in the island's St Magnus Cathedral. They aim for it to be installed within the next year. She would be the first woman to receive the honour in the part of the cathedral often referred to as "Poet's Corner".

He said: "We've got all these very worthy men with plaques in the cathedral. And I thought Margaret should be up there. I don't know what Margaret would have thought of it.

"But I think, from the point of view of equality and all the things that she's done, she should be there."

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