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Orasaigh Soundwalk Soft Launch

Join our musician-in-residence Duncan MacLeod and poet Steve Ely for the soft launch of the Orasaigh Soundwalk.  This 35-minute soundwalk combines readings of Ely’s poem Orasaigh with original compositions and soundscapes captured in surround sound that is mapped to a coastal walk around Boisdale and Orasaigh. 

Walking boots and a waterproof layer are recommended!

Drop in to the event any time from 1.00pm to 3.30pm.  Meet at Old Boisdale Cemetery.  What3Words coordinates: ///smarting.outgrown.backpacks

This event involves a walk of medium difficulty, approximately 1 mile long.

This event held in conjunction with the Orasaigh exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh.  The following free workshops are also available to book now:

Saturday 4th November

Kids & Family Creative Writing Activity, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 10-12am

Writing the Apocalyptic Landscape, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2-4pm

Sunday 19th November

An Introduction to Digital Landscape Photography, with Michael Faint.  Garrynamonie, South Uist, 2-4pm

The events are free, but spaces are limited so booking is highly recommended.

To experience it in your own time, the Orasaigh Soundwalk is available to download here: Orasaigh – a geolocated audio walk.

Steve Ely is an award-winning poet and writer based in Yorkshire, England.  He has published several books of poetry, including The European Eel (2021), Lectio Violant (2021) and Englaland (2015), a novel, Ratmen (2012) and a biographical account of the poetic formation of the English poet Ted Hughes—Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire (2015).  He teaches creative writing at the University of Huddersfield, where is also Director of the Ted Hughes Network.  He was a secondary school teacher for twenty years and is an experienced teacher in community settings. Steve is a frequent visitor to South Uist, and his book-length poem, Orasaigh, a collaboration with Uist-based photographer Michael Faint, will be published by Broken Sleep books in August 2024.