The magic of Megan’s art on film

Megan Boyd, the subject of 'Kiss the Water'.
Megan Boyd, the subject of 'Kiss the Water'.

“Megan Boyd, whose fabled expertise at tying enchantingly delicate fishing flies put her work in museums and the hands of collectors around the world and prompted Queen Elizabeth II to award her the British Empire Medal, died Nov. 15 in Golspie, Scotland. She was 86.”

So opened the obituary in the New York Times in December 2001 for an extraordinary woman, and it was this brief account of Megan Boyd’s life that intrigued film director Eric Steel so much that he created a highly acclaimed film documentary about her. ‘Kiss The Water’ was only released last year, and there is an opportunity to catch it on the big screen at The Retreat in Glenesk on Friday, June 20, courtesy of local charity Angus Arts.

Sue Waddicor, administrator, said: “It’s the most magical and haunting mix of documentary and hand painted animation, and you don’t have to be interested in fishing one bit to appreciate it. Megan Boyd created miniature works of art, using bits of feather, fur, silver and gold, and the aesthetic appeal of this film is huge.”

The evening of food and film will begin at 7 p.m. with some famous fisherman’s pie (vegetarian option available). Tickets costing £10/£5 (child) are available from Angus Arts on 01561 298173/01356 648669 and by e-mailing or in person on the night.