Watch and listen in to life in a rockpool. Learn more about the workings of the shore. Play an old Orkney shell game, and make some rockpool art. A family event, hosted by Rebecca Marr, Fiona Sanderson, Katherine Diaper, and Andrew Want. Tickets £4 & £2. Booking essential: phone Stromness Museum on 01856 850025. Supported by Orkney Field Club. Sponsored by Alison Moore Designs
Eric Walker gives an insight into the tools and techniques to successfully observe our Moon - naked eye, binoculars, telescope (“Lunar 100” checklist) - and to capture and process photographic images for yourself. Illustrated by some of his own images taken from his local Highlands observatory. Tickets £4 & £2. Sponsored by the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre
[one_fourth last="no"][/one_fourth]The story of the battle of Clontarf, and the web of fate, and the 19th-century tidal calculations that confirmed the old Irish annalist’s account of the timing of the battle. With the Lorcán Mac Mathúna Quartet, the St Magnus Consort, and Orkney Children's Theatre Club, and readers Ragnhild Ljosland and Dave Grieve. With the support of EventScotland and Culture Ireland
Margaret Tait’s films broke new ground in their blending together of photography, painting and poetry. Now, a century after her birth, they are receiving their due acclaim. Dr Sarah Neely of Stirling University and Dan Lee of UHI look at her relationship to place, and particularly Land Makar, filmed at the croft of West Aith over several seasons. Tickets £4 & £2.
Prof. R. J. Berry Memorial Lecture Born into a hunter-gatherer clan in northern Ghana's dry savannas, Gilbert Adum spent half of his life hunting. But when he realised that Ghana’s frogs were in danger of extinction, he changed course to co-found SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, today Africa’s leading charity dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. Now finishing his master’s degree in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, he tells the story of his journey.
The Dr John Cumming Memorial Presentation The Margaret Tait centenary is marked by a showing of her film about crofter Mary Graham Sinclair, who lived, as she did, just across the Loch of Skaill. The film of West Aith shows, wrote Margaret Tait, “its beauty and the hard work that goes into it”. Introduced by Ida Cumming and followed by an Orkney afternoon tea. Tickets £10. With the support of the Cuminga Trust
[one_fourth last="no"][/one_fourth]The Mayfield Singers and Paisley Abbey organist George McPhee are joined by the Lorcán Mac Mathúna Quartet and Sheena Wellington in songs and music to accompany readings by Dave Grieve from Irish scholars, from Celtic bards and medieval thinkers to modern times. With the support of YOYP 2018, Culture Ireland and Loganair