Monuments man makes welcome return
The Arran Saltire Society’s November meeting will be a talk by Paul McAuley, recently retired from his fascinating work as conservation officer in the city of Edinburgh, looking after all the monuments there, from the spectacular – in the shape of the Scott Monument and the Ross Fountain – to the smaller but no less popular Greyfriars Bobby.
Paul has an Arran connection that goes back decades to when his interest in conservation was sparked while he was caretaker at Arran’s Heritage Museum in the 1980s. He went on from there to take conservation studies at the University of Lincoln.
As the co-author of Monumental Edinburgh, which recounts the story behind many of the stone sculptures in Scotland’s capital city, Paul will be sharing some fascinating stories behind the war memorials the length and breadth of Scotland – particularly poignant during the First World War commemorations.
His talk, Remembering World War I - the art of war memorials in Scotland, will be held at the Ormidale Pavilion, Brodick, on Wednesday November 14, at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, entry is by donation and refreshments will be served.
There will be a further Saltire Society meeting later in the month on Wednesday November 22, this time at the Brodick Hall, when Scottish First Book of the Year judge Laura Waddell will talk with First Book shortlistee Alex Boyd about his work and shortlisted book, St Kilda, The Silent Islands.
This talk will be part of a number of events by the Saltire Society celebrating authors as part of their Saltire Literary Awards which were announced last month. The talk will be from 6pm to 8pm.
Paul McAuley will be talking about the art of war memorials in Scotland.