Prestigious award for islander

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The Saltire Society will award the 2012 Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award to Dolina MacLennan in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Scotland’s life and culture.

The presentation will be made on Thursday, 30th August at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh from 5.30pm as part of an evening of song, poetry and celebration.

Dolina MacLennan is a singer, actor, writer and passionate activist for Gaelic.

Born and raised in Marvig, Lewis, Dolina grew up with a tradition of singing and poetry in Gaelic.

It was at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway that Dolina gained her love of acting and singing. In the 1958 in Edinburgh she met up with Stuart MacGregor and Hamish Henderson who encouraged her singing of traditional Scottish songs. Dolina became the Gaelic voice of Radio Free Scotland as well as becoming one of the first pub singers in Edinburgh, starting out in the Waverley Bar where a tradition of singing is still as strong today.