Hebrides from above

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There is a wonderful opportunity to see some amazing aerial photographs of the Hebrides and hear about what these reveal of a unique cultural landscape when Angus and Patricia Macdonald give an illustrated talk for the Islands Book Trust at An Lanntair, Stornoway, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th November.

Angus and Patricia will also be giving a presentation at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, at 8.00pm on Thursday 17th November.

The photographs are taken from the Macdonalds’ superb book ‘The Hebrides – An Aerial View of a Cultural Landscape’, published by Birlinn last year. In his foreword to the book, Professor Jim Hunter says: “It becomes obvious that the sources of island history do not consist solely of what has been written down and stored in libraries and archives. A vital, if usually neglected, such source consists of the markings – large and small – made on the land by generation after generation of islanders.”

John Randall, chairman of the Book Trust, comments: “I have no hesitation in saying that this is one of the best books ever produced about the Hebrides. It is based on meticulous research, an extensive knowledge of the physical and human geography of the islands, and some breath-taking images from the air – which reveal the patterns of settlements, cultivation, and natural features in the most remarkable and new way.

We are privileged that Angus and Patricia are giving two illustrated talks for the Islands Book Trust next week – these promise to be unforgettable experiences and I would encourage everyone with an interest in island landscapes to take advantage of this opportunity. Seeing these aerial photographs on a big screen will be a truly unique occasion.”

Both presentations are open to Book Trust members and non-members. Charges are £3 for members and £5 for non-members. Seats for the An Lanntair presentation on Tuesday 15th November can be booked in advance through An Lanntair (01851 708480). For further information, please contact Alayne Barton on 01851 820946 or John Randall on 01851 880365.