Now & Next 2019 commission, The Land and the Sea, is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The short film by by Jessica Docherty features British Sign Language poet Tania Allan signing her work ‘The Land and the Sea’, which uses the Scottish folklore of the selkie wife as a means of exploring themes such as oppression, deaf culture, deaf community, sign language and communication.

Please note, the closed captions on this video are intended to be English descriptions to enable a viewer who does not use British Sign Language to better understand the content of the poem. They are not the English translation of this BSL poem.

Commissioned as part of Now & Next, a partnership with BBC Arts, Creative Scotland and LUX Scotland.