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The Islands Book Trust’s packed programme of events for 2024 gets off to a flying start when weel-kent storyteller Ian Stephen gives an illustrated talk in discussion with IBT chairman John Randall at Stornoway Library on Tuesday 19 March, starting at 7.30pm.

Many of Ian Stephen’s fiction, non- fiction, spoken stories, and combined arts projects have naturally been driven by sea journeys and by his meetings with storytellers.

At this event, he looks back  across the wide range of his creative work, sharing some of the tales from along the sea routes but also deep  inland, from the city of Lahore to the Canadian prairies, and asks whether there are common strands in the stories told in very different places and cultures.

He will consider the relationship between cruising a sailing boat and exploring stories, describe some of his most anxious moments during travels over land and at sea, and discuss how travels feed into the stories you tell and the books you write. He will ask whether storytelling still survives in the same way in Scotland, the rest of the UK, and in different parts of the world.

It promises to be a most entertaining evening, a time for reflection, and an opportunity to question Ian on his amazing adventures and how these have inspired his storytelling.

All are welcome to come along, and light refreshments will be available at this informal occasion.

Attendance is free – donations welcome.