Mon­u­ments man makes wel­come re­turn

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

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.

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