What’s On in 2017

Everyone is welcome to attend our events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is £5 for non-members, free for members.

Memberships are easily arranged; simply email us at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk for more info or join us here.

This Month

October 31st: Cynthia Rogerson is the author of mainstream literary fiction. The Reading Room likes this prize-winning writer so much, she will return to us at Edinbane Hall for an evening reading and chat. 7:30 p.m. £5 non-members, memberships available at door. Please ask. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.

Dates for the diary

November 27 – December 3 – Book Week Scotland
December 11th – joint event with Skye Chamber Music

What’s been and gone

January 31st: ‘Two Good Reads and a Song or Two’.

February 28th: Afternoon Workshop with Margot Henderson. ‘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.” 2:30-4:30 p.m., Caledonian Hotel, downtown Portree. £5. Please make reservation, as space is limited. (skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk or message on Facebook at Reading Room – Skye) All welcome.

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. Everyone welcome, £5 non-members. Held at Edinbane Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Refreshments served.

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. £5 non-members. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.

April 25 – Feel free to join us for our (hopefully painless) AGM. Then the evening takes a special turn with our Special Guest speaker, our old friend, Roger Hutchinson, who will be 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 look forward to our evening with him. Edinbane Hall, 7:30 p.m. £5, non-members. All welcome. Refreshments served.

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.

Read a review of 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). Let use know if you have any ideas. This event takes place tonight from 7:30 p.m. at the intimate Edinbane Hall. (Make your own parking spot!) Refreshments served and anything could happen 🙂 Join us for the possibilities.

Read a review of the Open Mic Night here

July 25 – Margaret Bennett, folklorist – evening event plus workshop
August  – time off to enjoy the Skye Book Festival  31st August to 2nd September

September 26 – Mark Douglas-Home: Join us for 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 raves from many quarters. Edinbane Community Hall, 7:30 pm, £5 non-members. Refreshments served, see you there.

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.