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Crofting Livestock and Litter Isle of Lewis

Crofting Livestock and Litter Isle of Lewis

On the way from Scalpay, a brown cow I did spy
Chewing the cud happily, as I whizzed by
The butt of a plastic litre bottle protruding from her teeth
My errand not so important now, the car came to a screech.

I rushed and shushed and in distain she looked at me
“Give us peace” her brown eyes seemed to say
Into the ditch I slid and jabbed her behind, before she
Regurgitated the bottle, as flat as it could be.

I opened the boot to hide her gum
Feeling righteous, thinking my deed was done
One last look as I drove off…blow me
She’s at it again, and I picked up another three

Plastic, clear, flat as a pancake, frayed, teeth marks, slithering saliva filled
There was a trail of plastic bottles in the ditch among the gash
Be mindful of our livestock, each one worth a few bob
Look out for Daisy and for Dora, they may have plastic in their gob.
Magaidh Smith

Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community

Toil Inntinn The Will of the Mind is a new 2018 bi-lingual publication by Magaidh Smith.

I have been working as Gaelic and Culture Activities co-ordinator on the Arora Dementia Friendly Community project, An Lanntair, one day a week for the last two years. I met and worked with lots and lots of lovely people during that time.

Toil Inntinn (The will of the mind) is a book in two parts. Part one is a selection of my blogs, describing group activities and incredible conversations. Arora also had a research element. Part two is an array of culturally relevant conversations about memory. Thank you to all those who participated in the interviews.

Arora was funded by Life Changes Trust.

Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery

Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery

St Valery Memories 2018 is 44 page publication with research on Prisoners of War captured in the 51St 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 centred on Loch Erisort, Lochs, Isle of Lewis.

In 2008 a chance remark by Don Alasdair Smith Keose made to visual/ audio artist and community animateur Deirdre ni Mhathuna from Edinburgh, sparked off Psalmboat, a Lochs multi-arts project. Continue reading “Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017”