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Here’s what happened at the Reading Room in 2017
January 31st: ‘Two Good Reads and a Song or Two’.
February 28th: Afternoon Workshop with Margot Henderson in the Caledonian Hotel in Portree. ‘Words for Well-Being’ is mainly directed towards carers and people who work in the caring profession. She says, “Sometimes we are so busy caring for others that we don’t find it easy to take space for ourselves. This workshop is a chance to take some time to relax and reflect, create and express.”
February 28th: Storybones, Storyskin, an evening of poetry and stories by Margot Henderson, who will perform some of her work and share stories of her engaged practice as a Community Artist. Edinbane Community Hall.
March 28th: Evening with Helen Sedgewick, author and physicist. Helen will read from her debut novel, ‘The Comet Seekers’, introduce us to her upcoming novel and chat with us about her intriguing career as a physicist and novelist. Edinbane Hall, 7:30 p.m.
April 25 – Our AGM. Then the evening took a special turn with our Special Guest speaker, our old friend, Roger Hutchinson, talking about his new book, ‘The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker: The Story of Britain through its census, since 1801’. Written with a warm heart, the book is filled with interesting tidbits and we enjoyed our evening with him. Edinbane Hall.
May 30- Zoe Strachan’s short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has written many articles and reviews for newspapers, including The Herald, The Scotsman Magazine and The Sunday Times. Her latest novel is Ever Fallen in Love. She teaches on the Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. More about Zoe’s visit here.
June 27- Open Mic on the Move – five minutes slots for anyone (and everyone?!) This is the first of our regular Open Mic events, which we hope will morph into a favorite platform for writers of all ages and genres, for sharing and titillating the literary senses. We are on the prowl for a perfect venue, which will help nurture all expectations of ambience for Open Mic participants (readers and audience). There’s more about what happened at this particular Open Mic Night here
July 25 – Margaret Bennett, folklorist – evening event plus workshop.
Photos and a delightful report are here.
August – time off to enjoy the Skye Book Festival 31st August to 2nd September
September 26 – Mark Douglas-Home: An evening reading and discussion with the author of The Sea Detective and sequels, The Woman Who Walked into the Sea and The Malice of Waves. Mark Douglas-Home is the former editor of the Herald and his crime novels have received rave reviews from many quarters. More about the evening here
October 3 : Open Mic at Bog Myrtle in Struan. Bring something to read and enjoy the view, as the event starts at 5:00 p.m. No entrance fee but plan on a coffee and cake to help out our gracious hosts at Bog Myrtle. Everyone welcome.
October 31st: Cynthia Rogerson is the author of mainstream literary fiction. The Reading Room liked this prize-winning writer so much, she was invited back for an evening reading and chat at Edinbane Hall.
November 28: Marcello Tully from Kinloch Lodge. Gaining a Michelin star in 2010, Marcello is just 1 of 12 chefs in Scotland to hold such a highly prestigious award in the Michelin Guide’s 2017 edition. Tully has recently self-published a cookbook, The Key Ingredient, timed to mark his 10th anniversary at Kinloch. This was a Book Week Scotland 2017 event, to tie in with the year’s theme ‘Nourish’.
Read Irene’s comments on the evening with Marcello.
December 11: The Reading Room joined Skye Chamber Music and Island Chorus at the Fingal Centre in Portree, for a classical evening with music, song, poetry and food! A great evening with lovely food, grand company and a wide range of entertainment. Our literary contributions were delivered by Francis Mitchell, Morag Henriksen and Grace Wilcock.