McLellan Poetry Fringe Festival

The McLellan Poetry Fringe Festival is coming up this month and will take place from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May 2022 Here are some notes from the Festival organisers on the weekend events. For an overview of the weekend programme and for more details on how to book tickets see below: The first …

Poem for April

Childhood I see all, am all, all. I leap along the line of the horizon hill, I am a cloud in the high sky, I trace the veins of intricate fern, In the dark ivy wall the wren’s world Soft to bird breast eggs of round nest is mine, Mine in the rowan-tree the blackbird’s …

Council of All Beings, Briggait, October 2021

By Sue Weaver Human nature is such that, with sufficient comprehensive maturity, we cannot help but identify ourselves with all living beings, beautiful or ugly, big or small, sentient or not. Arne Naess, Ecology of Wisdom A Council of All Beings, Glasgow Briggait Centre, 31st October 2021 On this night, Samhain of the old Celtic …

The Forest, the Moon and the Last Time

By Jason Bradford, published on Resilience.org 24th March 2022 A stoic meditation I have been practicing is called The Last Time. The idea behind this meditation is straightforward: there will be a last time for anything you do, and because you can’t really know when that is, reflecting upon this fact while doing something you …

Jigsaw – a review

A review of David Underdown’s new poetry collection, Jigsaw, by Cicely Gill. To get a sense of David Underdown’s poems, imagine you are listening to a good friend describing something they love or telling an amusing story. His poems are not just close observation, each builds to an aliveness which is passed to you the …

Getting There!

Social prescribing? Green care? Heather Lodge, in association with the Mary Davies Trust, has attracted funding from the Scottish Government’s ‘Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund’, as reported in February’s Voice for Arran. The project is called ‘Getting There!’ Here’s a bit more detail. https://voiceforarran.com/issue-130/getting-there/ Nine qualified therapists will be offering a range of mainly …

Savvy Vintage

In this post, Zoe Hughes tells the Voice about the recent developments of the Savvy Vintage project. In March, Zoe and the Eco Savvy team held a really successful pop up Shop and Sip at Arran Botanicals (see photos below), and they have more events planned for the spring and summer months. Keep an eye …

United Nations Convention of the Sea 2022

By Sally Campbell What is the “International legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction”? “In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly of the UN decided to convene an Intergovernmental …

Climate Change Message in a Bottle

Climate Change Message in a Bottle is a project based at Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) which has been encouraging young islanders across Scotland to think creatively about their carbon neutral island futures. Through the project, primary and secondary school pupils across the islands have been producing artwork and stories to represent …

The Return of Gamal…

A concert with Music Arran – Gamal Harris will play on Friday 8th April at Arran High School Words by Alice Maxwell Audiences may remember prize winning pianist Gamal Khamis, who took Arran by storm in 2017. He is making a welcome return to Arran, performing at the High School on Friday April 8th at …