The Islands Book Trust have developed a reputation for adventure in recent years, and their programme of events for 2014 – just announced – includes several exciting new venues and ventures.
As always, the emphasis is on talks, conferences, and visits which shed new light on the history and culture of Scottish islands. In 2014, highlights include:
* A first ever visit to Colonsay, where a 3-day event is planned in honour of Professor Donald MacKinnon, a Colonsay man who held the first University Chair of Celtic and who died a hundred years ago.
* A 3-day conference in Ireland about St Columba and the development of Slighe Chaluim Chille linking Ireland and Scotland. It is hoped this event will include a visit to Tory Island off the coast of Donegal.
* A boat trip from Uist to Canna to take in Feis Chanaidh. Two talks about aspects of the history of Canna are also planned.
* Evening talks by Mairi Hedderwick, Bill Lawson, Tony Marr, John Love, and Eric Richards, and on themes ranging from the enigmatic Lady Grange to 1st World War graves.
* Boat trips to Ensay, Haskeir, Mingulay, Mealista Island, Southern Pairc, and Ronay.
Alasdair MacEachen, who takes over as chairman of the Book Trust at the start of 2014, said:
‘We look forward to another exciting and varied programme. Our events are open to all, whatever your background, and I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to join in our visits and talks. You can keep up to date with all our activities by consulting our website www.theislandsbooktrust.com or by joining the Trust and receiving regular newsletters.’
A full list of events is appended. Further details and information on advance bookings are available from Alayne Barton on 01851 820946 or John Groom on 01851 880737.