About OISF Festival 2011

In the Year of Scotland’s Islands, the Festival featured events across Orkney from an astronomy weekend in North Ronaldsay to an evening of underwater archaeology in the Hoy Kirk. It was opened by an islander – the Scottish science fiction writer Ken MacLeod who comes from the Western Isles.

The Road to Stromness Pier 2009

Margaret had no family links to Stromness, but developed a strong association with Orkney when she visited in the 1950s. She was born in Berlin in 1904 and, when ten years later the First World War broke out, her family moved to Britain. She was at an age to be very strongly affected by the war, and the experiences of the war probably part-prompted her to become involved in pacifist movements in later life.

About OISF Festival 2008

The founder of Barefoot College, Bunker Roy, described how technology could empower the poorest people to help themselves, and geneticist Sir Walter Bodmer spoke on new insights on DNA and history. The Festival was opened by the Scottish Government’s chief scientific adviser, Prof. Anne Glover.