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Cúchulainn



Cúchulainn focuses on climber and writer Ian ’Spike’ Sykes, whose life has been shaped by the Scottish Highlands and his experiences in the RAF Mountain Rescue team.
 
Shot in a variety of locations across Skye, from the dark walls of Garbh Corrie to the striking pinnacles of the Basteir Tooth, the film’s poignancy centres around a remote corner of the island, tucked below the Dubhs in the Coruisk Memorial Hut. Spike reflects on his love of Scotland, his affinity with the wild ridge line, and his memories of the tragic mountain rescue call out that took place over the New Year of 1963. The film also invites us to reflect on the poignancy of the setting by featuring a rendition by Spike on the banjo performing ‘The Grand Old Masters’, a folk song written by the late Tom Patey as a homage to his closest climbing friends including Jimmy Marshall and Don Whillans. - Coldhouse Collective
 
 
Live it up, fill your cup, drown your sorrow
And sow your wild oats while ye may
For the toothless old tykes of tomorrow
Were the Tigers of Yesterday


as sung by Tom Patey, from The Last of the Grand Old Masters

3 I 6 I 5



A short film highlighting humans' want and need for adventure. Aiming to inspire the viewer to endeavour to achieve more in their daily lives.
 
A film by Emma Whitaker/Silver Sloth Productions
Entered for the Women In Mountain Adventure film competition 2015
 

The Silent Islands



Using a battered medium format camera once belonging to the legendary photographer Fay Godwin, Alex Boyd captures the archipelago of St Kilda in a new light, from a 21st century perspective. From the crumbling Cold War military base to the wild beauty of the natural landscape, this collection of photographs is both an ode to the history of the islands and an insight into the modern day lives of those who live and work on St Kilda today. - Faclan

Proud Ness



Donald Morrison is challenged by Bauer Radio Scotland’s North of Scotland Correspondent Bryan Rutherford over his claims that the LGBT pride parade planned for the Highland capital next month will ‘promote immorality.’


Unbelievable response, almost at 7000 in a couple of days. Thank you to everyone who has signed, it just goes to show that when so many people come together we can spread a positive message and hopefully build towards having a more equal community. Thank you ❤️ - Rona Graham and Norman MacKinnon, of  Support Inverness Gay Pride and the LGBTQI community petition



Àros na Fèinn



The Abode of the Fianna
Misneachd

four artists, four Highland shinty clubs



This video is about the Throw Up 20.18 project and the work of artist Tom Smith. Tom has been working with Beauly shinty club, exploring the history of the club and the wider community. Tom has been using a mix of lino-cut overlaid with screen printing on a large relief map. The final piece will incorporate augmented reality to tell the story of the club. - Paul Campbell

Highland Print Studio
Art project inspired by shinty club stories

The Caman Man



A song written by Gary Innes from his second album 'ERA' released in January 2017.

'The Caman Man', sung by
Robert Robertson, is about Scotland's indigenous sport, Shinty and was written to celebrate Gary's love for the game and to mark the end of his sporting career as he hung up his boots in 2014.

Filmed by Norman Strachan

Manus Mo Rùin



In 1115 Earl Magnus (Manus) of Orkney was killed by his jealous half brother Earl Hakon. St Manus has had devotional followers to this very day. This poem is from the wonderful collection of folklore, Carmina Gadelica, by Alexander Carmichael.  - Hands Up For Trad
 
sung by Highland based quartet Cruinn  who will be performing in this year's Blas Festival

Speaking Shaetlan

Here’s the trick:
pretend your mouth is full
         of stones.

Feel the dead weight
                     pressing
                     on your tongue,

the way this opens
           your throat, turning your mouth

into a cave,
           a wide darkness.

Then (and this crucial)
                        let them
                        drop

still spit-warm from your lips
and watch

how they could shatter
on impact

           anything
           which they struck,
           how they could break

            like bone,
                     or bread

Roseanne Watt, from Scottish Poetry Library

Of Maree

She speaks of black water
and of the shock of rope,
that’s if she speaks at all.

She does not bathe
but cleans herself
with cloth and basin.

She will not drink
fresh water from the well
but simmers steepings.

The children thrive.
They have forgotten,
or forgiven, her.

The house has settled
to regularity and season,
and she to her embroidery.

She stitches, every day the same,
a ring within a ring within a ring:
the water on the island in the water.

Linda Goulden, from The Island Review

59.14 N 3.34 W In Search Of Ginnungagap


 
59.14 N 3.34 W presents the culmination of a curatorial residency undertaken by Laura Mansfield at the Erlend Williamson Art Fellowship with support from The Orkney Cultural Fund. Laura has invited the artists Sovay Berriman, Franziska Lantz and Matt Rowe  to join her on the residency to develop work in response to the Brough of Birsay, a small tidal island off the west coast of mainland Orkney.

The invited artists are exploring the history and geography of The Brough of Birsay developing a selection of works that draw upon ideas of the island as a site of ritual, a sculptural form and a point of communication.
The final event invites the public to partake in a journey across the Brough encountering and participating in each of the artist’s works.  - Matt Rowe