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Uist Book Week Scotland

Events every night  16th to 21st November as part of Book Week Scotland

In 2014 Sgoil Lionacleit produced ‘An Tilleadh’, an anthology of the best writing by former pupils spanning a period of twenty years.

During Book Week Scotland, every evening Ceòlas will celebrate this publication by presenting some of the stories from the book, read by the authors themselves.  Each reading is followed by interviews with Kathleen MacInnes, exploring how their interest in language and literature at school continued with them into adult life.  Programmes start at 6.45 pm each evening.

On Friday 20th November at 6.00 pm, Ceòlas presents a brilliant collaboration from two neighbouring townships in South Uist.

Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones (Frobost) and Gillebrìde Mac’Illemhaoil (Milton) present ‘Piobrachadh na Ceòlraidh: Togail-Inntinn gus Bàrdachd agus Ceòl Gàidhlig a Sgrìobhadh’.  Interspersed with song and poetry, both their own and others, the event sees the two artists discuss their urge to write and the sources of inspiration on which they draw for Gaelic Poetry and Music. The evening will also premiere a newly commissioned poem from Sandy – ‘Taladh Uibhist – Uist’s Call’.  We are grateful for the assistance of the Scottish Book Trust, Ceòlas Uist, An Comunn Gàidhealach and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean in staging this event.

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Monday 16th November 2020. 6.45 – 7.00 pm

Linda MacLeod reading her story ‘Cuimhneachdain’, followed by an interview with Kathleen MacInnes

Tuesday 17th November 2020    6.45 – 7.00 pm

Floraidh Forrest reading her story ‘Eadar Dà Shaogal’, followed by an interview with Kathleen MacInnes

Wedneday 18th November 2020 6.45 – 7.00 pm

Marion Garbutt reading her story ‘Faochadh Inntinn’, followed by an interview with Kathleen MacInnes

Thursday 19th November 2020 6.45 – 7.00 pm

Mairi MacRitchie (MacLean) reading her story ‘Sùil Na h-Òige’ followed by an interview with Kathleen MacInnes

Friday 20th November 2020 6.00 pm

Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones and Gillebrìde Mac’Illemhaoil

Piobrachadh na Ceòlraidh: The Urge to Write: Sources of Inspiration for Gaelic Poetry and Music

Featuring Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones, the reigning Bàrd of An Comunn Gàidhealach, in conversation with Gillebrìde Mac’Illemhaoil, singer, writer, poet and Head of Celtic Studies at Glasgow University. The event will feature Sandy and Gillebrìde interviewing each other about Gaelic language and literature, poetic forms and inspirations, and examples of their favourite bards from Uist and elsewhere.  This conversation will be interspersed with some poetry readings and songs – from Gillebrìde’s recent CDs, and from Sandy’s new collection, ‘An Seachdamh Tonn – The Seventh Wave’, which includes a specially commissioned piece about Uist ‘Taladh Uibhist – Uist’s Call’ for Book Week Scotland. The event will also feature landscape photography and video footage of Uist.

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Sunday 22nd November  2020 6.45 – 7.00 pm

Lena Walker (Campbell) reading her story ‘An Tilleadh’, followed by an interview with Kathleen MacInnes and a filmed adaptation of the story enetered into Film G in 2019

On this final evening we announce the winners of the As an Tobar writing competition.