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Excerpts from issue 51/18 15 June 2024

Festival fun and flings
mv loch indaal launched in turkey

The second of two ferries destined for the Islay and Jura route, the MV Loch Indaal, was successfully launched by Elaine Anderson, wife of CMAL's Director of Vessels, Jim Anderson, from the Cemre Shipyard in Yalova, Turkey on Saturday 8 June. Islay was represented by recently appointed High School headteacher, Lynn Mitchell and Campbell's of Islay proprietor, Frazer Campbell.
Distinct from that of the MV Isle of Islay, launched on 16 March, the Loch Indaal slid into the water bow first; a less traditional means of introducing vessels to the sea.

photo: CMAL

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In this week's issue:

MV Loch Indaal launched in Turkey, Those safety concerns in School Street, Port Ellen Pier upgrade, CalMac's contract extended, Screen Machine's continuing dilemma, Gartbreck Distillery plans revealed, Jura Fell race results, Islay High School Eco Day, Fire at Gartmain Farmhouse, Jura's 1984 Orwell exhibition, Air Ambulance funding appeal, IHS Achievement Awards, Should there be party politics at play in local councils?, Grumble from Gruinart, Childhood Day at Keills, Book Festival Tickets, full colour montage of images of this year's Fèis Ìle by Rae McKenzie.

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Islay Book Festival tickets

Carolyn Ferguson writes:
By the time you are reading this, tickets for the Islay Book Festival 2024 edition should be on sale! We have now published full programme details on our website, for what promises to be an action-packed long weekend, with events spread all across our beautiful island. This year's Festival runs from Thursday 29 August to Sunday 1 September, and there's genuinely something for everyone.
We've worked especially hard this year on how to bring you a top-notch event. We've attracted 20-plus authors, who are travelling from all over the UK, and who are responsible for some of 2024's most eye-catching releases - writers like Clive Myrie, Andrew O'Hagan, Chris Brookmyre and Denise Mina. And as always, we're providing a lively schools programme of five authors, who we're bringing to our schools free of charge. So we're delighted to be able to present you with some ways to attend terrific festival events, but as affordably as possible.
Six of our nine 'standard' author sessions cost 5 per ticket, with under-18s, students and carers entering free. We are also delighted to be offering you an 'Early Bird Special' discounted price, for every single Festival session. These discounted tickets are available for all purchases up to and including the day of the Islay Agricultural Show (8 August).
We are also offering some ticket bundles, which offer good value if you plan to attend a number of sessions. Our Festival Multi-Session Pass costs £45, but with an Early Bird price of £40 - and provides access to all nine of our traditional-style author panels. We are also offering Day Passes for our Gaelic College events on Saturday, and Bruichladdich Hall events on Sunday.
We are staging four author sessions which are 'experiences', and carry strictly limited ticket-numbers. These range from wild swimming, to a poetry nature walk, to tea and cake with Sue Lawrence, to a peat and whisky session in Bruichladdich Distillery. These experience sessions are excluded from the Multi-Session Pass and the Day Passes, but still carry their own Early Bird discounts. Get in quick to secure your place! All of our tickets are onsale via our Islay Book Festival website. We hope you find some sessions to tempt you. And we still have room for a couple more Festival volunteers, to help us look after our authors and audience - if you're interested, please drop us a line to hello@islaybookfestival.co.uk.

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Gartbreck Distillery
gartbreck distillery

It's now ten years since Jean Donnay was first granted planning permission to construct a small, cottage distillery at Gartbreck farmhouse on the outskirts of Bowmore.
The project is now owned by Chivas Brothers and transformed into a larger, two-storeyed distillery designed to have a maximum output of 1.3 million litres of alcohol per year.
Since first announced last year, many have queried from where the proposed distillery would source its water. At a drop-in event held in Bowmore's Gaelic Centre at the beginning of the week, the presentation showed that process water would be drawn from boreholes, located adjacent to the road leading to Gartbreck Waste Site. It is expected that these boreholes will provide the distillery with approximately 120 cubic metres per day.
The proposals also include the intention to create a carbon neutral distilling process by recycling heat used in the system and periodically lowering the amount of energy used when less power is required.
The proposed development site lies within the Laggan Peninsula Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which support barnacle and white fronted geese, concerning which, negotiations are being undertaken with NatureScot.
Access to the distillery will, of necessity, be along Moss Road, a single track road that leads as far as the Waste Site. Past that, at present is a somewhat unruly gravel track. The developers plan to surface and possibly widen the latter, while a footpath/cycle-track and additional passing places will be installed on the existing road.
Chivas are also in negotations with the council regarding the development of new housing adjacent to Sealladh na Mara.

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This is Islay
this is islay podcast

A monthly podcast featuring individuals, personalities and features of Islay and Jura. Listen now at https://anchor.fm/thisisislay

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1,984 copies of 1984
1,984 copies of 1984

Edinburgh-based sculptor, Hans Clausen created an international participatory project, entitled 'The Winston Smith Library of Victory and Truth', consisting of 1,984 copies of George Orwell's seminal work, '1984', a book which has sold over eight million copies since publication.
Featuring in Craighouse Village Hall on Saturday 8 June, its opening coincided precisely with the 75th anniversary of the publication of the book's first edition in June 1949.
Copies of 1984 were donated by individuals from across the world and laid out library style for visitors to peruse at their leisure.
The evening's offical opening featured a new, exclusive 1984 bottling from Lussa Gin, accompanied by similarly liveried soap from Gemma MacLean of Spirited Soaps, and followed by readings from Islay-based author, Les Wilson.
Mr. Clausen was also assisted by IHS pupil, Tabitha Fletcher, winner of this year's Calum Murray Creative Writing Award.
The exhibition is now on tour in the UK.

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