A reception at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening (March 12th) will recognise how islanders from Lewis and Harris have commemorated the tragedy of the Iolaire over New Year 2019.

Hosted by Alasdair Allan MSP in the Burns Room at Holyrood, the reception will see contributions in prose, poetry, song and art from islanders.

An invited audience will hear author Malcolm Macdonald discuss the book The Darkest Dawn, which he jointly wrote with the late Donald John Macleod, and which was published in November 2018 by Stornoway publishers Acair.

Readings and songs from the book will be accompanied by a viewing of paintings by Margaret Ferguson, whose exhibition Iolaire 100 was commissioned by An Lanntair and recently closed in their gallery space.

Also on display will be photographs from Fiona Rennie’s exhibition Ginealaich an Iolaire, commissioned by the Iolaire Working Group.

The picture shows the team at Acair publishers responsible for production of the book The Darkest Dawn. L to R (standing) Margaret Anne Macleod, designer; Donalda Riddell, administrative manager and Agnes Rennie, general manager. Seated front, Annie Delin, editor and Malcolm Macdonald, author