Margaret Bennett returns to Stornoway

Margaret's talk focuses on her father's experiences in the Highlands and Islands
Margaret's talk focuses on her father's experiences in the Highlands and Islands

Well-known Scottish folklorist, author and singer Margaret Bennett will be giving an illustrated talk at the final Islands Book Trust event of 2013 at An Lanntair in Stornoway at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th November

The talk is intriguingly entitled: ‘Bogs, Bothans, Bridges, and Bagpipes – Personal Reflections on my Father’s Life as a Musical Civil Engineer in Lewis and Newfoundland’.

Margaret is well known to many islanders. She was educated at the Nicolson Institute and now lives in Perthshire, her folklore and singing collecting career having taken her to many places including Newfoundland, and the Eastern Townships of Canada in what is now Quebec.

She worked for many years at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh.

This time her talk is a tribute to her father, George Bennett, a Glaswegian who first came to Lewis and other parts of the Highlands and Islands in connection with his professional engineering work before emigrating to Canada.

He combined this with a lifetime interest in history and music, with a profound influence on Margaret and other members of her family.

No-one who has heard Margaret will forget her inimitable style of personal reminiscences, deep scholarship, and informal musical interludes.

Her talk makes a fitting climax to the Book Trust’s programme for 2013 and is not to be missed.

All are welcome to come along – tickets are available in advance from An Lanntair at £5 for IBT members and £8 for non-members, or just turn up on the night.