Local News for Wednesday 25th October 2017
Celebrating the ultimate in books
The Hebridean Book Festival, Faclan, begins today, with a programme celebrating the ancient idea of Ultima Thule, the place beyond the borders of the known world. A four-day programme of film, lectures, book launches and events for children will open up this mysterious world, bringing ghostly happenings to the autumn evenings, and discovery of all kinds of extreme environments, from mountain tops to lost worlds. Today’s programme opens with two films, one exploring the mysterious inner world of South Uist grass-weaver Angus MacPhee, and the second Werner Herzog’s masterpiece, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, following a band of conquistadors as they search for El Dorado. Later this evening Western Isles writers’ group launches their new anthology, Beyond Words, and there’s a discussion of the place of photography in the work of Stornoway-based publishers Acair, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. For a full programme of the next four days, go to An Lanntair’s website and look for Faclan.