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Children’s Programme

All workshops are in Toberonochy Hall unless another venue is indicated. 

All Children’s Workshops are FREE thanks to new funding.
Other events are at reduced prices for children.

Saturday 4 July

5pm Welcome gathering and Introduction to Geopoetics by Norman Bissell in Cullipool Hall.
Come along to welcome our guests to Luing and hear an outline from the director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics of what geopoetics is all about. His talk will set out the need for radical cultural renewal, for a deep-going sense of world, and for its creative expression in a wide variety of different forms.

6pm Buffet Meal £10.
Join our guests for a lovely two course buffet: catering provided by Marianne Frew. For catering purposes it is essential to phone Zoë Fleming ASAP at 01852 314367 if you want to come.

8pm Nàdair Film Argyll’s Atlantic Islands and Discussion.
With its director Andy Crabb from Kerrera. Come and see this beautiful film about the people, landscapes and community projects of Lismore, Islay, Tiree, Coll, Luing and more. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to ask its director about the film, how he made it and what his experiences of making it were.

9pm Informal Ceilidh £5 for the evening
Bring along your songs to sing, poems to read and stories to tell.

Sunday 5 July

7.30pm Writers’ Night with Jan Sutch Pickard, Graham Hardie, Jim Ferguson and others in Cullipool Hall. £3
Come and enjoy an evening of poetry, stories and other writing with writers from the Ross of Mull, Glasgow and elsewhere.

Monday 6 July

11.30am – 12.30pm Children’s Gaelic Song Workshop led by Margaret Bennett.
Margaret Bennett is one of our finest singers in Gaelic and English, a storyteller, part-time teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, recipient of numerous international awards and widely regarded as ‘Scotland’s foremost folklorist’. She will provide a series of Gaelic Song Workshops in which children will learn songs from their Gaelic heritage and the stories behind them leading to a performance on Tuesday 7 July at 7.30pm in Cullipool Hall.
As well as providing a rare chance to learn from a wonderful singer these workshops will provide a flying start to learning Gaelic for the children taking part since Gaelic lessons will be starting at Luing Primary school in August 2009.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm Children’s Gaelic Song Workshop as above.

7.30pm Music Night with Margaret Bennett, Mark Sheridan and Hugh McQueen in Cullipool Hall. £3
Enjoy a great night of music from popular Gaelic and English singer Margaret Bennett accompanied by Mark Sheridan on keyboards and percussion along with Luing’s own former Mod Gold Medallist Hugh MacQueen.

Tuesday 7 July

11.30am – 12.30pm Children’s Gaelic Song Workshop as above.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm Children’s Gaelic Song Workshop as above.

3.45pm – 5pm Storytelling Workshop led by Patsy Dyer in Cullipool Hall. £2
Come along and learn from a professional storyteller how to tell a good story including its structure, its characters and how to develop these to keep your audience interested. Do you have good stories about Luing and the other Atlantic Islands? If so, bring them along and learn how to tell them even better!

7.30pm Storytelling and Music Night with Patsy Dyer, Margaret Bennett, Aidan O’Rourke and Children’s Gaelic Song performance in Cullipool Hall. £3, free to workshop participants.
Great stories, great music and one of Scotland’s best fiddlers here on Luing.

Wednesday 8 July

11.00am – 12.00pm Children’s Drama Workshop led by Zora King and Marion Sheridan.
This series of drama workshops will develop a range of theatre skills in young people using the theme the Highlands and Islands Land Clearances and leading to a performance at the Grand Ceilidh on Friday 10 July at 7.30pm.
Zora King is an experienced drama teacher in Edinburgh with strong family connections with Luing who has previously worked successfully to produce a play with young people on the island.
Marion Sheridan is an actor, director, producer and lecturer in theatre studies at the University of Strathclyde who has produced and directed several acclaimed productions in recent years.

12.00pm Lunch

1.30pm – 4.30pm Slate Sculpture Competition outdoors, assemble at Cullipool Hall. £2
Assemble at Cullipool Hall for this unique event, the first ever Slate Sculpture World Championship here on Luing! Come along and build your own slate sculpture from waste slate above the shore on the way into Cullipool village. It can be any design you wish which is in keeping with the setting and should not be more than 6 feet high. Three prizes of prints by Richard Childs and three children’s prizes will be awarded by artist judges Bill and Angela Taylor. See if you can become a World Champion - you cannot win if you do not enter!

7.30pm The Atlantic Islands Suite: A new musical and poetry composition by Mark Sheridan and Norman Bissell featuring Margaret Bennett, Aidan O’Rourke and Lori Watson in Cullipool Hall. £3
Another world first for Luing!
This is the world premiere performance of a new musical composition by Mark Sheridan responding to some of the Luing poems of Norman Bissell. Their fruitful collaboration has yielded a moving evocation of life on Luing and the other Atlantic Islands. Mark Sheridan on keyboards and (slate!) percussion and Norman Bissell’s recital of his poetry will be joined by ace fiddlers Aidan O’Rourke and Lori Watson and the beautiful Gaelic voice of Margaret Bennett. It will be followed by an informal reception at which you can meet the artists and discuss their work with them. Don’t miss it!

Thursday 9 July

10am – 3.30pm Boat Trip to Eileach an Naoimh weather permitting, assemble at Cullipool Pier. £10
Eileach an Naoimh (Holy Isle) is the furthest south of the Garvellach Isles and is the site of the first monastic settlement in Argyll founded by St Brendan (or Brandan) in the 5th century AD. The remains of a monastery, chapel, graveyard, well and beehive cells can be seen along with the reputed grave of St Columba’s mother Eithne. Brendan the Navigator and other monks sailed from here to Seil, the Outer Hebrides, Iceland and possibly North America in a small curragh. We will spend about 4 hours on the island so it is essential to bring warm waterproof clothing, walking boots, food and water.
Note: if weather does not permit the Boat Trip on Thursday 9 July it will take place on Saturday 11 July leaving from Cullipool at 10am and returning at 3.30pm.

11.30am – 12.30pm Children’s Drama Workshop as above.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm Children’s Drama Workshop as above.

7.00pm Jacqui McDonald and Atlantic Food Showcase
With samples of MacGillivary’s seafood, home baking from the Luing First Responders team, chocolates from the Oban Chocolate Company, all followed by an informal ceilidh.
BYOB £5 for the whole evening, with tickets to be issued. Bring your wallets too, as once you’ve tasted the samples, you’ll be wishing to buy more from the delicious food presented on the stalls!

Friday 10 July

11.30am -12.30pm Children’s Drama Workshop as above.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm Children’s Drama Workshop as above.

7.30pm Grand Ceilidh with Seil Ceildh Band and Children’s Drama performance in Cullipool Hall. £3, free to workshop participants.
Come and enjoy the last big event of the week at which the children take centre stage with their short drama performance about the Highlands and Islands Clearances directed by Zora King and Marion Sheridan, and the Seil Ceilidh Band will help us dance the night away. Many of the artists who have taken part in the Festival will perform for the last time, but bring along your own songs, poems and stories to join in the fun.

Saturday 11 July

11am – 12.30pm Plenary Session and Planning the next Atlantic Islands Festival and Geopoetics Summer School in Cullipool Hall. Free

12.30pm Farewell till the next time.



A printable copy of the programme is available here.

Booking Form and Programme for Children's Eventsdownloads: 2191 | type: rtf | size: 64 kB

Please keep a copy and return with cash or cheque made out to Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Zoe Fleming 23 Cullipool Isle of Luing PA34 4UB. Tel. 01852 314367.


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