CELLAR, KITCHEN, AND FIRESIDE TALES
Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall
The writer F. Marian McNeill, born in Holm in 1885, worked through times that were sometimes hard to save a heritage in books like The Scots Kitchen and The Scots Cellar, and the four-volume folklore and customs study The Silver Bough. Fifty years on from her death, her work is coming to the fore again amidst rising food prices and the need to maximise nutrition from the food available around us. Moray food writer Liz Ashworth tells the story of a life of warmth, resilience and determination, with readings by AB and CD; and Douglas Montgomery plays his march F. Marian McNeill from Holm.
“Times have changed and few of us can afford nowadays to entertain as freely as we used to; but ‘contented wi’ little and canty wi’ mair’, we can still guard the convivial flame and take delight in entertaining the stranger in our midst. Long may we do so!”