Hebridean Culture Week

A busy week in January 2019 sharing Hebridean Culture in the Isle of Lewis.

Tuesday: Clann an La an De the over 60s group in Shawbost,Westside with the Gaelic monologue Os Mo Chionn Sheinn an Uiseig by Eric J MacDonald. The play is about the life of Lewis women who followed the fishing. Continue reading “Hebridean Culture Week”

Souvenir of Great Yarmouth

Souvenir of Great Yarmouth

In 2012 playwright Eric J MacDonald of Uig, Isle of Lewis, wrote the monologue, A Souvenir of Great Yarmouth. The theme is the life of the young Isle of Lewis women, who used to gut, salt and pack herring barrels in Stornoway, Wick, Shetland, Great Yarmouth, Fraserburgh, Lowestoft and other fishing ports. The character Mary, looks back on aspects of her working life, memories of community then and observations on her life today. Continue reading “Souvenir of Great Yarmouth”

Sabaist Mhor Wick

Sabaist Mhor Wick

I just love beul aithris stories, from Isle of Lewis Gaelic oral tradition. It is rare to have the opportunity to perform them for an audience nowadays.

Therfore, I have recorded five stories, because of the richness of the language which was handed down to me in the telling. All five stories are now uploaded to Soundcloud. Most importantly, they will be available to anyone wishing to learn local stories. Continue reading “Sabaist Mhor Wick”

Ishbal Nighean Dhomhnaill Ban

Ishbal Nighean Dhomhnaill Ban

I just love beul aithris stories, from Isle of Lewis Gaelic oral tradition. It is rare to have the opportunity to perform them for an audience nowadays. Therfore, I have recorded five stories because of the richness of the language which was handed down to me in the telling. All five are uploaded to Soundcloud now. Most importantly they will be available to anyone wishing to learn local stories. Continue reading “Ishbal Nighean Dhomhnaill Ban”

Tour guide Hebrides 2019

Tour guide Hebrides 2019

Magaidh Smith is a native Gaelic speaking tour guide in the Hebrides. Welcoming individuals and groups to the Isle of Lewis in 2019. I don’t get to dance at the Gearrannan Thatched House Village every day, much as I would love to.

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As a tour guide in the Hebrides I feel the natural environment offers many unique experiences to visitors. Besides the landscape is also related to our indigenous culture and traditions. Continue reading “Tour guide Hebrides 2019”

Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community in the Hebrides. Toil Inntinn The Will of the Mind is a 2018 bi-lingual publication by Magaidh Smith. Working as Gaelic and Culture Activities co-ordinator on the Arora project, An Lanntair. Part one is a selection of my blogs, describing group activities and incredible conversations.  Part two is research, an array of culturally relevant conversations about memory. Continue reading “Dementia Friendly Community”

Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery

St Valery Memories 2018 is 44 page publication with research on Prisoners of War captured in the 51 St Division, at St Valery-en-Caux in 1940. It  includes diary accounts by the Prisoners of War  from the Isle of Lewis, during their 4 years in captivity. Continue reading “Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery”

Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017

Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017

The Psalmboat project is a multi-arts volunteer community project centred on Loch Erisort, Lochs, Isle of Lewis. The Psalmboat community is sharing stories of travel by sea to church services in the past, and in the present we are singing psalms in boats and on land. Continue reading “Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017”