Last year’s local history day on Sunday was one of the most popular sessions, so this year we’ve made it bigger and better. We have some weel kent names who are experts in their field and we are also throwing open the mic (so to speak) to some less well known writers, to give them an opportunity to showcase their work.
The day begins with Fiona Malkin who will be telling us how she and her husband renovated CN244, Shemaron, an old herring fishing boat. Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavour is the story of her growing involvement on a practical and historical level whilst dealing with the inevitable frustrations of renovating an old boat.
Two children’s books by local author 85 year old Joan Porter, illustrated by Jessica Excell will be featured on children’s day in the school. We are delighted to welcome Cathy Wilson of Ailsa Press, an independent publisher based on Islay, to tell us more about how they came to publish Joey’s books.
Tarbert’s own Viv Dobbie writes under the name of V L Heathcote. Colouring In is the first of the Harlequin Triangle trilogy. The first two are available now with the third due out by Christmas.
Sound of Gigha is a guidebook with a difference. It looks at an intimate landscape area – part of the west coast of Kintyre – through various perspectives: those of two visual artists Julia Love Griffiths and Ann Thomas plus writer Edward Tyler, all of whom live in Kintyre and are passionate about their local area. It combines art, history, archaeology, geology and wildlife.
Lindsay Campbell is from Oban. Ane Compact of Villany is a local history book, recounting the true story of a gang of highwaymen, thieves and protection racketeers operating across Argyll in the late 1600s.
Malcolm Trott from Carradale has written A Sense of the Past. This is a story within a story, an account of the enlightening process of writing an ancient tale (set some 4,000 years ago) and how he became engaged with the characters as they came to life, the tale itself coming leaching out of the faint remains which are still present in the Kintyre landscape in which it is set. After trying several publishers, he published the work as an e-book on Amazon.
Known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’, the Crinal Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne nine miles across the Kintyre peninsula to Crinan, enabling ocean going vessels to avoid the treacherous Mull of Kintyre. There are those who think it should have been built in Tarbert! In her book The Crinal Canal, Marian Pallister tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used.
For our final session, we welcome Kilmartin Museum’s field archaeologist Roddy Regan. Roddy has been involved with excavations at Tarbert Castle but today he is telling a different story. Tales, Traditions and Truth?; The archaeology of some Argyll stories will see how local stories have influenced literature and how these actually relate to history and archaeology. There will be a story about the lady rock (the attempted murder of Lady Catherine Campbell), Carnassarie Castle and John Carswell (who wrote the first printed book in Gaelic) and also a tale of another attempted murder at the Castle.
Roddy has kindly agreed to then lead a guided walk round Tarbert Castle at 3pm. Separate tickets are required for the tour of the Castle.
We invite you to join us at An Tairbeart from 11 a.m. with a short break for lunch. This is a free session with an opportunity to purchase books and lunch, however, we do need to know numbers, so please reserve your tickets.