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”
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”
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.
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 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”
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”
If you were brought up on a croft, in the Hebrides in the 1960s and 70s, the moorland was very much part of your extended landscape. Continue reading “Crofting Life Isle of Lewis Achmore-moorland placenames”
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”
Visit Uig in the Isle of Lewis with Gaelic and Culture guide and native islander Maggie Smith. Maggie has ten years island guiding experience and focuses on history,archaeology, traditions and local products. Continue reading “Uig, Isle of Lewis Tour”
Visit the Isle of Harris with Gaelic and Culture guide with native islander Maggie Smith who has ten years guiding experience. Maggie focuses on history,archaeology, traditions and local products.
Continue reading “Isle of Harris Tour”
Crofting life in Uig Isle of Lewis involved looking after cattle and towing a bull to an offshore island once a year.
Every crofting family living in the Outer Hebrides, were dependent on their own cow to provide milk, butter and crowdie to supplement the family food supply. Continue reading “Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls”