It certainly proved a popular event as Stornoway Library was packed tonight for the launch of Pat Macfarlane’s memoir ‘A Stornoway Life’.

Published by Acair, the autobiographical book comprises of a compilation of Pat’s popular Back in the Day essays; reminiscing about Stornoway life in a past era and following the author’s experiences travelling further afield to Cairo during World War II.



At the relaxed book launch – which Pat had expressed he wished to have a Ceilidh atmosphere – Acair Manager Agnes Rennie introduced Pat to the audience before his niece, The Nicolson Institute Rector Francis Murray, who edited the collection, recalled the tales being told to her and her sisters as young girls.

It was then the turn of another ‘Stornoway boy’ to extol Pat’s life experiences as Western Isles Lord Lieutenant Sandy Matheson commented the new Acair title to be: “an evocative biography, a charming and elegantly edited publication.”

During the launch, Nicolson Institute teacher Richard Fraser gave a delightful reading from ‘A Stornoway Life’; and Pat himself spoke of first his hesitation and then his joy in writing his memories for all to share.

And the formal part of the evening ended with a rendition of Happy Birthday as Pat, celebrating his 95th birthday today, was presented with a beautiful birthday cake before the ‘ceilidh’ of friends and family began.