McLel­lan Arts Fes­ti­val starts on a high note

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The McLel­lan Arts Fes­ti­val, which bursts into life this week, will see a cor­nu­copia of events tak­ing place across Arran with mu­sic, po­etry, lit­er­a­ture, sto­ry­telling and much more be­sides on of­fer to ap­peal to peo­ple of all tastes.

Tonight, Fri­day Au­gust 31, a po­etry event in Cor­rie Hall will kick-start pro­ceed­ings.

Sinead Mor­ris­sey will an­nounce the win­ners of this year’s McLel­lan Po­etry Com­pe­ti­tion and read from her own work – all en­hanced with mu­sic from Arran Dawn. For any­one in­ter­ested in lit­er­a­ture or the mu­sic of Arran’s fa­mous harp and whis­tle duo, this is bound to be an en­tic­ing event.

The fol­low­ing evening, Satur­day Septem­ber 1, a slightly less re­strained Fa­mous Fes­ti­val Ceilidh will raise the roof of the Whit­ing Bay Hall when vis­i­tors can en­joy an evening of live mu­sic, danc­ing and great food. Re­garded by some as their favourite event of the fes­ti­val, the ceilidh is suit­able for all ages with chil­dren and young peo­ple at school gain­ing free en­try. (BYOB)

For those who de­light in sa­cred mu­sic and wor­ship songs, the ta­lented stu­dents of the Royal North­ern Col­lege will per­form at Holy Cross Church in Brod­ick at 11am and then in Cor­rie Church at noon.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon at 3pm, erst­while Arran-res­i­dent-turned-lec­turer-and-writer James McE­naney will ap­pear in Brod­ick Li­brary to give a fas­ci­nat­ing talk. In­spired by Ed­win Muir’s fa­mous book Scot­tish Jour­ney, James re­cently com­pleted a 10-day, 1,500mile trip around Scot­land, gath­er­ing a ‘bun­dle of im­pres­sions’ of the coun­try and its peo­ple and bring­ing them all to­gether in his first book, A Scot­tish Jour­ney.

Com­pli­cated and con­flicted

From the bus­tle of Ed­in­burgh, where the jour­ney be­gan and ended out­side the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment build­ing, to the iso­la­tion of the tiny Or­ca­dian is­land of Wyre, James en­coun­tered a coun­try which is com­pli­cated and con­flicted, all-too-of­ten un­sure of it­self in a rapidly chang­ing world, but still filled with en­ergy, tal­ent and lim­it­less po­ten­tial. En­trance to this talk is free of charge.

Mon­day Septem­ber 3 is fes­ti­val film night and this year on show is Tommy’s Hon­our, a pow­er­ful true story about the life of Tom

Pho­to­graph: Eileen Wil­son Kerr.

En­joy­able scenes from the Fa­mous Fes­ti­val Ceilidh.

Pho­to­graph: Steven Ren­nie.

Aberdeen­shire fid­dler and com­poser Paul An­der­son will be one of the three per­form­ers tak­ing part in the Scots Hairst on Thurs­day Septem­ber 6.

Howard Wood will be the guest speaker at the Arran Clam­jam­fry.

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