Audiences all over the world can tune into this year's Angus MacLeod Memorial Lecture as organisers try their hands at new technology for the first time.
The annual event is taking place it 7:30pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at e-Sgoil, in the former Museum buildings on Frances Street in Stornoway. building can offer.
And organisers Comunn Eachdraidh na Pàirc and the Islands Book Trust are making the most of the technology available and offering interested parties all over the world as well as local community groups and centres the chance to link to and participate in honour of the former Lewis-man man Angus 'Ease' MacLeod whose life-long historical collection is held by the community of Lochs at Ravenspoint.
Guest speaker this year is Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda Mackinnon, originally from Harris
Mrs MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland, said: “It’s a real honour to be invited to give this year’s Angus Macleod memorial lecture. In what feels like rapidly shifting times, the environment in which BBC Scotland exists has fundamentally altered on all fronts - social, political, and technological. That presents a media marketplace with a mix of challenges and opportunities, and with plans for a new BBC Scotland TV channel to launch next autumn, a new 9 o’clock news programme and increased investment in Scotland, it will be a genuine privilege to be in Stornoway to share more of our vision for the coming months.”
Donnie Morrison of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pàirc, which has organised the annual lecture over the last 13 years in conjunction with the Islands Book Trust and the family of Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod MBE, said: ‘I am delighted that Donalda MacKinnon has found time in her busy schedule to give this year’s memorial lecture. She is an excellent speaker with an intimate knowledge of the islands, and her subject is both highly topical and one which would have been of great interest to ‘Ease’. I am also delighted that, in partnership with e-Sgoil, we are now able to change the format of the lecture to reach more people in many different locations and to allow greater audience participation.
“We hope that members of Comuinn Eachdraidh and other local groups throughout the Western Isles and indeed on the mainland will be interested in linking in to the lecture using the e-Sgoil facilities. The annual lecture is already a highlight of the historical and cultural year in Lewis, and I believe the changes we are making will enable even more people to appreciate and build on the wonderful legacy of Angus Macleod’s life and work.’
Tickets for the event at e-Sgoil are free, however there is limited availability, so please book early by visiting: https://amml2017.eventbrite.co.uk