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Lewis poet and writer Ian Stephen heads south to Taigh Chearsabhagh next week for Book Week Scotland 2023. 

He will be appearing in Into the Wild next Thursday (November 16) for an evening of poetry and storytelling about the adventure of sailing to local islands. The free event, commencing 7.30 pm, is part of Book Week Scotland 2023, celebrating adventure in all its forms. 

For many years, Ian Stephen has taken to the sea for adventures that have inspired his poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and film.

As a volunteer skipper of a traditional sgoth Niseach boat, he has led expeditions, including voyages to the Shiant Islands, island-hopping the Atlantic seaboard of Lewis in open boat crossings to Sula Sgeir, Stac Skerry, and on by Stromness and Pentland Firth to the Moray Firth. 

One of his literary works, ‘Waypoints’, alternates logs of voyages, short poems and retellings of stories met along the way. 

Another publication, ‘Boatlines’, is a geography of Scottish boats that tells some of the stories of the communities they supported.

He will also lead a free writing workshop at Taigh Chearsabhaigh on Friday, November 17. All are welcome, with no previous writing experience or creative practice required. 

Meanwhile, Taigh Chearsabhaigh have a full week of other Book Week Scotland 2023 events beginning on Monday, November 13.

In addition to the Virtual St Kilda Revisited and Orasaigh exhibitions, the public is invited to join the adventure and celebrate books, reading and writing.The full programme is as follows:

Monday,November 13 to Thursday, November 16
Add a Line Poem:

Tuesday, November 14
Book Cafe at Lochmaddy Old School:

Thursday, November 16
Into the Wild: Poetry and Storytelling with Ian Stephen

Friday, November 17
Adventures Large and Small: Writing Workshop with Ian Stephen

Saturday, November 18
Looking at Ourselves writing & painting workshop: