Sir Kenneth Calman at Brodick Library

Sir Kenneth Calman, ex-Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, England and Wales, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and from 2008 to 2009, convener of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution, was at Brodick Library on the 22nd November with his wife Ann, to read some selections from his new book of poetry, Afterthoughts. David Underdown …

Podcast Stories From A Scottish Island

Long time local resident Joni Keen is delighted to announce the launch of her new Podcast website ‘www.storiesfromascottishisland.com‘. The idea is to interview people who either live here or have a connection with Arran. The Island has such a diverse culture and history and this is a new way of capturing it and reaching a wider audience. We …

Arran Singers and Friends Christmas concert

The Arran Singers and Friends are having a Christmas Concert in Whiting Bay Hall on Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm. Arran Singers also plan two concerts next year. The first is on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 7.30pm in the Lamlash Community Theatre, and then the same concert will be repeated at Lochranza hall on Saturday 2nd June …

And finally

The respected scientific journal Bioscience has in its November issue published a letter signed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries, headed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice“. 25 years ago concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and …

Gelos Duo concert

Arran’s Music Society has now decided by unanimous vote at the Annual General Meeting to change its name to Music Arran. This is snappier, and I hope will convince the doubters, especially younger doubters, that the society is not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies. “Music” does not just mean “classical” music. However, October’s offering, in …

The Arts on Arran

by Eileen Kerr For the last 6 years I have worked as a Project Manager within the arts sector, after graduating with Film and Media from the University of Stirling. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a wide range of artists practising various art forms, from visual artists, musicians, physical theatre performers, circus artists, …

Arran actor in BBC series

Many will remember Paul Tinto who, as a young actor at Arran High School played Marius in Les Miserables and Tony in West Side Story. Paul is appearing as Corporal Chris Dimarco in a new BBC drama starting on 1st October, The Last Post. Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat for BBC One, The Last …

Book Review: Danube by Claudio Magris

Danube by Claudio Magris, Vintage paperback. Claudio Magris is little known in Britain, but on the Continent, and especially in his native Italy, he is a celebrated writer, critic and academic, and winner of many literary awards. Danube, first published in Italian in 1986 and in English translation three years later, is his magnum opus, …

Corrie Film Club

Corrie Film Club Please note that, due to a clash with the McLellan Festival, the date of this film has changed to Sunday September 17th. The film on 10th 17th September is American Honey (2016, UK, directed by Andrea Arnold, 150 mins, Cert 15). Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a travelling …