ST Benedict's School in Ealing welcomed Maggie Fergusson, award-winning biographer of Orkney poet Scottish writer George Mackay Brown, to speak to students.

She took her audience on a captivating journey, exploring a life both blessed and broken, uncovering how Mackay Brown, despite rarely leaving his native Orkney, led a vivid and courageous life.

As his friend, Maggie Fergusson is the only biographer to whom George Mackay Brown reluctantly gave his blessing, allowing her to convey a candid portrayal of his life.

Ms Fergusson said later: “I felt the pupils made a real effort to travel to the islands in their imaginations and to meet George Mackay Brown."

The audience comprised pupils, parents and staff.

Maggie Fergusson is the Deputy Editor and Literary Editor of The Tablet.