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Uist crofter Ena MacDonald will launch her long-awaited book, Born to Croft, next week at a tractor rally at Hosta.

The tractor rally is on Saturday, June 1, at Hosta. Ena will be giving readings and signings at 11 am and 2 pm.

In her book, Ena recalls her life growing up in Kyles before modern machinery took hold and running around barefoot in her childhood. Born to Croft details how that way of life is now unrecognisable today.

Ena, an icon of the crofting community, has dedicated her life to preserving and promoting traditional crofting methods. Her activism in promoting sustainable agriculture has earned her widespread acclaim.

She was born in Ardbhan, Kyles, in 1940 and has spent almost her entire life crofting, apart from spells working in Glasgow and Australia. She returned home in 1966 to help her father on the croft.

When he passed away, Ena took on the tenancy. She has played an active role in crofting matters, including as a long-time member of the Crofting Federation.

She has written about crofting for the Scottish Farmer, the Highland Cattle Society, and, for almost 20 years, Am Pàipear.

In 2006, Ena was recognised for her services to crofting and North Uist with an MBE.

Born to Croft, published by Linen Press, is £17.99 in paperback and £9.99 in digital format.