We have seen some fantastic events and workshops happen over the last month as part of Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You. The project has been going for eleven months now, believe it or not!
Sgrìobhadh Cruthachail – Creative Writing
We have been holding regular writing groups since the project began with Rody Gorman at An Crùbh in Sleat, and with Maoilios Caimbeul in Portree.
We have creative writing workshops coming up on Saturday 7th April at An Crùbh, 11.00-13.00 Bùth-obrach Sgrìobhaidh tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig; 14.00-16.00 Creative Writing Workshop in English
Maoilios Caimbeul will lead a Short Story Writing workshop in Portree on Thursday 26th April.
Rody Gorman has gone to Slovenia to take up a residency there, and we are delighted that writer, Coinneach Lindsay will lead the April workshops in Rody’s place. Coinneach was Writer in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2014-15. He is also an actor and playwright. Don’t forget to book a place on the workshop by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 01478613649.
To celebrate the creativity generated by the sessions and to mark the end of the pilot project, we hope to hold an Open Mic and Sharing event in collaboration with Skye Reading Room. Keep your eyes peeled for more information which we will share soon.
Gluasad agus Danns – Movement and Dance
Meena Watts recently finished a block of weekly Movement for Health workshops with staff and service users at Tigh na Drochaid NHS Day Centre in Portree. Read about the sessions and a fantastic poem written by one of the participants here.
We were also fortunate to have Sophie Stephenson of Sophabulous Steps lead a Scottish Step Dance Taster workshop for us at Aros, following on from her sessions in Portree and Breakish in February. Her sessions welcomed people of all ages and were enjoyed by all, many of whom had not tried step dance before.
Céilidhean – Afternoon Tea Ceilidhs
We had a very successful Afternoon Tea Ceilidh recently at the Skye Gathering Hall with music from the Breakish Ceilidh Band. We didn’t have a chance to take any photos of the actual ceilidh as we were all so busy singing, dancing and enjoying tea and cakes! But we did manage to capture this lovely view of Portree from the hall.
We will hold our next ceilidh on Monday 30th April at the Shinty Clubhouse in Portree from 2-3.30pm.
‘An Cuilithionn’ – Bàrdachd Shomhairle MhicGill-Eain
A look at Somhairle MacLean’s poem, ‘An Cuilithionn’
Ann an cò-obrachadh le Sìne Ghilleasbuig a tha ag obair air Iomairt Ghàidhlig an Eilein Sgiathanaich, rinn sinn plana gus an dàn fada aig Somhairle MacGill-Eain, ‘An Cuilithionn’, a leughadh tron earrach. Thàinig na eòlaichean, Meg Bateman agus Ùisdean Cheap an sàs gus a’ bhuidheann a stiùireadh.
Thàinig seachdnar againn còmhla airson a’ chiad uair Disathairne 10mh den Mhàrt ann an Taigh-òsta Eilean Iarmain.
Bha e cho math ùine a chosg air an dàn seo agus a chluinntinn is sinn uile ga leughadh mu seach. Bha notaichean an neach-deasachaidh, Crìsdean MacIlleBhàin, feumail gun teagamh, mar a bha beachdan agus fiosrachadh gach duine a bha an làthair.
Cumaidh sinn dà sheisean eile – air 28 An Giblean agus 12 An Cèitean – ann an dà àite eile (às am faicear an Cuilitheann). Bheir sinn lioft, lòn agus leth-bhreac do dhuine sam bith a tha airson tighinn còmhla ruinn. Tha sinn taingeil do Shìne airson na smuaine tighinn còmhla gus seo a dhèanamh.
We recently held an event for fluent Gaelic speakers, where we met at Hotel Eilean Iarmain and looked at Somhairle MacLean’s epic poem, ‘An Cuilithionn’, with Meg Bateman, Uisdean Cheape and Sìne Ghilleasbuig.
Drama @ Ard Sgoil Phort Rìgh – Drama at Portree High School
We recently held a drama workshop for pupils of Portree High School, led by Helen Danter. The group began with an exercise where everyone sat in a circle and held onto a piece of string, introduced themselves and said one thing they like, before throwing the ball to another person in the circle.
We talked about the web we created, and how if one person let go the whole web would be affected.
We then stood up in the circle and said our names and the thing we like again, and created an action for the thing we like. Everyone else had to join in. Some examples of things we made actions for were computer games, dancing, listening to music, the sun and cats!
We then started tying sticks together using elastic bands to form a structure, working in groups.
Helen then encouraged the group to go inside the structure and play.
It was a fascinating and fun activity for all who took part.
Treanadh airson luchd-ealain – Artist training
We are fortunate to have had Margot Henderson lead an Agewise Training Session for the artists involved in Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You this month. Margot is a poet, storyteller, mindfulness practitioner and community artist.
She has been taking the Agewise programme all over Scotland, and it forms part of WEA Scotland’s Transitions in Later Life project. The sessions combine mindfulness, creative writing and Qi Gong practices as a means of supporting people ageing well, as well as of course looking after ourselves – we are all ageing, after all. Seven of the artists involved in Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You took part. The activities were stimulating and brought up a lot of discussion about issues around ageing, creativity and wellbeing.
As always, we welcome contact from organisations, groups and individuals who are interested in being involved in Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You. To get in touch, you can phone 01478 613 649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org