THE PLACE I THINK OF AS HOME

September 13, 2023 → 11:30 am12:30 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The writer F. Marian McNeill, who died 50 years ago, worked through some hard times to save Scottish heritage in books like The Scots Kitchen, The Scots Cellar, and the folklore series The Silver Bough. She was born in Holm, where her father was the Free Kirk minister; her mother came from Fochabers.

She drew on a wealth of information from life in the parish and looked forward to opportunities to take the road home once more. Liz Ashworth is joined by Dave Grieve to tell the story of a life of warmth and resilience, with readings from Marian McNeill’s books by Marlene Mainland and Douglas Montgomery playing his march F. Marian McNeill from Holm.

Production is by Gillian Smee, and the event will be rounded off by Rose Pipes, co-ordinating editor of The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, with which the Festival has a long-running collaboration highlighting notable Orkney women each year.

Tickets £6 & £4 can be booked through this LINK.

“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!”

The Scots Cellar (1956)
WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING VIOLIN MAKING
BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

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