January at Moniack – Life Unseen

Kit in the garden at Moniack Mhor

It is winter and all seems dead. The slow seep of colour has left us with hills swept in elephantine greys. Each ornate, heavyweight night drags its tail far into what daylight remains. All, in this gloom, seems dead.
But from within we watch, we wait, look closer. We have weathered this before.

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A Life Unwritten

Karen Lean was recently part of our mentoring scheme, where she worked with one of our mentors on a memoir piece she had been writing. Karen is also part of the Moniack Mhor writers group. She has kindly allowed us to share the piece here, which is followed by a…

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Words from the Hill Ceilidh

To celebrate the end of our Spring Residency Month, we held a ceilidh in Abriachan Village Hall, where we brought together some of the writers, singers and poets who had been sharing the space at Moniack Mhor these past few weeks. If you were there, then you’ll know just how…

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Tales of the North Coast

  Alan Temperley writes a blog post for us about his time as an English teacher in Farr Secondary School and the creation of a fantastic collection of tales, told by his pupils. We’d like to thank Alan for writing this and for his patience.   A  Surprise  Success   For…

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Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

Liz Hyder was the joint winner of the Emerging Writer Award this year, along with Hanna Randall. Liz has recently found a publisher for her book Bearmouth at Puskin Press. We thought we’d have a chat with Liz and ask her about it. Tell us a bit about yourself. Are…

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The Bridge Awards Emerging Writer Prize

Rue Baldry was the winner of the Emerging Writer Award last year. Here, she writes about her experiences throughout the year. This was originally posted on Rue’s website. I have come to the end of my year as the The Bridge/Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer. It has been amazing. I really…

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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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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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