What’s On 2019

Everyone is welcome to attend our events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is £5 for non-members, free for members. To become a member simply email us at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk for more info or join us here.


December:  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The RR has decided to spend the season with our families and friends, toasting and tasting good cheer and reading great books by the fire. See you in January!

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January 29: Tracey S. Rosenberg is the author of the novel, “The Girl in the Bunker” and has written her second poetry chapbook, “The Naming of Cancer”.  She will join us to read her story “The Western Wall”, a fictional response to Muriel Spark’s award-winning novel, “The Mandelbaum Gate”. Discussion will include the heme of Jewish identity. Reading  January 29 7:30 pm Edinbane Hall. £5 non-members. Tracey’s workshop on “Portraying Character” will be held at St. Columba’s Church, downtown Portree, in the Parish Rooms, on Wednesday, January 30th, 7:30-9:00 p.m.  No preparation is needed and participants need only bring paper and pen and £5 fee.

February 26: Legendary kayaker Brian Wilson, author of Blazing Paddles: A Scottish Coastal Odyssey, and Dances with Waves – Around Ireland by Kayak, will read at Edinbane Hall, 7:30 p.m. Non-members: £5. Brian’s discussion will cover his books and also folklore, history and environmental issues, including wildlife disturbance on the seas.          * (Copies of Simon Clayton’s novel for our March 26 event will be available at tonight’s event)

26 March:  Our chairman, Simon Clayton,  will host our first Book Club Evening at Edinbane Hall, for discussion on his second novel, “A Place by the Sea”. There will be some copies available at our Brian Wilson event and the novel is also available on Amazon Kindle. There are still a few paperback ones available to borrow – just ask! For those who prefer to read online, the book is currently available here. Entry is free on this occasion but do let us know if you plan to be there and feel free to suggest books for future Book Club evenings.

30 April:  Ian Williams and AGM.  Ian is an artist, poet, fund-raiser and the author of “Great Stories Written Badly”. Proceeds raised from sales of the book go to charity. Please join us for the AGM, even if you are not a member, and tell us what we are doing right and what we are missing and just show up for some camaraderie! All input will be appreciated. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m. at Edinbane Community Hall.

May 28, Tuesday:  Crime thriller author, Gordon Brown, will talk about Writing THAT Book, the one he will inspire you to start now. Gordon is the author of six crime thriller novels set in Scotland and the U.S. and he is a founding board director of crime writing festival Bloody Scotland. Edinbane Community Hall at 7:30 p.m. Non-members entry £5. Everyone welcome and memberships are available at the door for £20.

July: The RR is taking July off but it looks like there are lots of events going on in July on the literary front. You’ll probably see some of us at these other events that are happening soon:- Christopher Whatley, author of Pabay: An Island Odyssey will be at Edinbane Community Hall – Saturday 6th July from 5.00-7.00 pm
Cafe at An Crubh  – Monday  8th July from 5.30 pm.
Reading Room Book Stall at the monthly Indoor Sale at Skeabost Memorial Hall      –Saturday 13th July from 11.00 am-3.00 pm.     Anne Pia, an Italian Scot award-winning author poet based in Edinburgh will be at Bog Myrtle, Struan  – Sunday 21st July from 4.00 pm

June 25 Tuesday: OPEN MIC with poet and performer, The People’s Poet, Harry Gallagher. An opportunity to take the floor with a piece of your own writing, so think about whether/what you’d like to share and let us know beforehand (email us at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk)  or simply turn up and grab a slot. (5 minutes each, if we get a great crowd!) 7:30 p.m. at Edinbane Community Hall – £3 for non-performers. Members free.

27 August Tuesday: Blether About Books. 
Following the enjoyable launch of Lin Anderson’s latest book ‘Time for the Dead’ at the library in Portree there will be a chance to discuss it at the Reading Room’s monthly get together. If you’ve not got a copy they’re available at Aros and at Carmina Gadelica in Portree. If you don’t get a chance to read it beforehand you’re still welcome to come along and be sociable – remember we’re always looking for suggestions for future events. 7.30 pm at Edinbane Community Hall – free of charge

24 September, Tuesday: Max Scratchmann joins us for a talk and media show on his various projects. Max is the author of The Last Burrah Sahibs, an autobio of his childhood spent in Bangladesh, and Chucking It All, the controversial and funny account of downshifting to the Orkneys. He is a prolific illustrator, a performer and runs the Edinburgh performance poetry company, Poetry Circus. Edinbane Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Members free, guests £5. https://theskyereadingroom.wordpress.com/
October 29: Tuesday: James Oswald is the Scottish author of the Inspector McLean crime series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro epic fantasy series and his most recent series, the Constance Fairchild crime novels. He also runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep. £5 non-members. Everyone is welcome. 7.30 pm at Edinbane Community Hall
19 November Tuesday: Alastair Jackson : To celebrate Book Week Scotland 2019, we’ll be welcoming Alastair Jackson. He’s just published a book with Scottish poet and author Kenneth Steven, entitled “The Spirit of the Hebrides”, inspired by the works of Sorley MacLean and full of images of Skye and Raasay, 7.30 pm at Edinbane Community –
December: The Reading Room wishes everyone a happy holiday season. Keep safe and warm, get some daylight when you can, and we will see you in January!