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Cliabh An T-Shenachais - Creel of Stories

08/03/2022

We are delighted to announce that, as part of the Year of Stories 2022, we are hosting three events in the summer and autumn to showcase a brand new film - Cliabh An T-Shenachais – The Story Creel! 

For generations, fishing has been at the heart of the communities of South West Mull and Iona; from supporting subsistence living on crofts, through the heyday of the industry and into the present day, when it is still the primary livelihood for many individuals and families. The stories of fishing are told and retold: the knowledge of the sea and weather signs, the tall tales of misadventure are passed on, but not often recorded.

Cliabh An T-Shenachais, created in collaboration with Alasdair Satchel of Struthach Films, will celebrate our fishing stories and the place of the fishing industry in the fabric of our local area. Alasdair has already started interviewing and researching - collecting stories past and present. It's a rich and plentiful collection and we are thrilled that Alasdair will be using some of the more in-depth interviews for his What We Do in the Winter podcasts! Children at Bunessan and Iona Primary Schools will also be invited to take part in the film - contributing sea and fishing related songs and poems. 

The film is going to be premiered at a celebratory red carpet event on Fionnphort beach in the evening of Saturday 23rd July. We'll be hiring a marquee to show the film and there will be food, live music and transport - by both sea and road. 

In early October we will have a more sedate matinee in Bunessan Hall, with tea and cake, and an online event to bring the film to a wider audience.

Events will be free but numbers may be limited - watch this space and our social media channels for more information!

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

Find out more about Year of Stories 2022 A sneak peek of one of Alasdair's interviews!

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