The Distance

Guest post by musician Phil Langran on his experiences at Moniack Mhor.    In February 2017 I travelled from home in Nottingham to attend my first Moniack Mhor song-writing course with with Kathryn Williams, Roddy Woomble and Rachel Sermanni  Like many others, I arrived full of that woozy ‘oh goodness what…

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Shockstarre to song in 30 minutes

In April 2016, Heather Fyson attended a songwriting retreat here at Moniack Mhor, now she has just released her first album. Heather talks here about how her experiences at Moniack Mhor have helped her shape her work. A songwriting week at Moniack Mhor with Karine Polwart & Findlay Napier, Mike…

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Oban – The Perfect Destination

For the second year in a row, Moniack Mhor had the pleasure of supplying the first prize in the Tarbert Book Festival writing competition. The eventual winner was Sylvia Hehir with her short story Oban – The Perfect Destination. Sylvia has given us kind permission to share the story with…

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First Inverness, Then India: Getting Ready to Go

Earlier this year, our Mairi Hedderwick Travel Writing Bursary was won by Thomas MacColl.  Thomas attended the Travel Writing course in September this year. He has kindly written this piece for us about his experiences here.    In the first few days of this year, as Edinburgh huddled against sleet,…

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The Magic of Manifestation

Donna Booth was the winner of the 2017 Mairi Hedderwick Writing for Children Bursary. This blog post originally appeared on Donna’s own website HERE. We have published it here with her kind permission.    I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since all my books were picture books. Unfortunately, secondary…

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Interview with Merryn Glover.

Author Merryn Glover is one of the Moniack Mhor Alumni. With celebrations around the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence about to commence, Merryn’s novel A House Called Askival is receiving fresh attention. We caught up with Merryn to ask her a few questions about the book and her writing in…

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My Secret Poem

Last week we held our Starting out in Poetry retreat with tutors Jo Shapcott and Maura Dooley. Helen Reid-Thomas attended the course and wrote this poem about her experiences here. She has kindly allowed us to share it with you all. The journey    1 Smirr and marram-grass; the piu-piu…

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Claire Askew

Claire Askew was the 2017 recipient of our Jessie Kesson Fellowship, and was writer in residence at Moniack Mhor during the month of March. We asked Claire a few questions about her time here. When did you first find out about the Jessie Kesson Fellowship? I’d been aware that it was…

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Another Moniack Mhor inspired poem.

  Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of writers from the Scottish Book Trust. Moniack Mhor is an inspirational place, as you will know if you’ve ever been. One of the course participants, Ciara MacLaverty, was inspired to write this wonderful poem.     Women Tell…

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Hollie McNish wins Ted Hughes Award.

Hollie McNish has been announced as winner of the Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry, for her poetic memoir Nobody Told Me. The award seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. We’re proud to say that Hollie will be…

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