Category Archives: Helmsdale, Sutherland

Next year is the 200th anniversary of the Kildonan Clearances. Both sides of my family are originally from this fascinating and beautiful area of Sutherland.

Edwyn Collins & Grace Maxwell say thank you to Helmsdale

He’s ‘got everything he needs, he’s an artist, he don’t look back.’ Bob Dylan’s words sum up the positive energy that is around Edwyn Collins who along with his wife Grace Maxwell, hosted a free screening of The Possibilities Are … Continue reading

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Helmsdale remembers the fallen

I walked down from Gartymore to the village this morning,  and the sun was shining down on Helmsdale War Memorial where local people were lining the path  with wooden crosses, one for the life of each WW1 solider commemorated on … Continue reading

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DANCER IN RESIDENCE PUTS HELMSDALE ON ITS TOES

    Helmsdale is set to dance right out of its shoes this Saturday 23 August with the arrival of Dancer in Residence Julia McGhee who is inviting everyone to join her for a series of dance sessions running throughout … Continue reading

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After the gold rush at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

  FRANKIE JONES AWARDED DAVID DIXON TROPHY                   Athlete will take piece of rare Highland Gold back to Wales When Welsh rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones (23) triumphantly returns to her native Wales, a precious piece of gold panned in the … Continue reading

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The Sea The Sails and the White White Blades

Timespan’s Artist in Residence Stephen Hurrel  hitched a ride on a lobster boat as well as  one of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station’s Hill Cats. Exhibition exploring northern seascapes premieres at Timespan  Running from 2 to 31 August at Timespan Gallery … Continue reading

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G12 Woman in Gartymore –

Why has it taken me so long to rattle off another Gartymore blog?  Not for want of things happening here – we’ve had Ross Noble visiting the village, the Queen’s Baton, a Sea Festival at Timespan, the opening of Pat … Continue reading

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For Helmsdale’s Sake

  After almost a week of working with and watching author Laura Marney in action as Helmsdale’s Writer in  Residence, I’m even more convinced that guest curating the writing strand of Timespan’s Serendipitous North project is my dream job. Laura’s … Continue reading

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G12 woman in Gartymore – remembering Roberta

I’m back in Helmsdale ‘guest curating’ a writing residency as part of the Creative Place Award. In fact I’ve hardly been away fro the place since last October but the blog posts have been few and far between. When I … Continue reading

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WRITING RESIDENCY FOR LAURA MARNEY IN HELMSDALE

I’m back in Helmsdale helping to pull together the six-week writing strand of the Creative Place Award. We are hoping that Helmsdale will attract lots of other writers over the coming year to talk about their work, run workshops, or … Continue reading

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Sheep and shellfish – G12 woman in Gartymore

The hill above the house looking down on North Sea Remoteness in all its guises is one of the themes that Timespan is homing in on during 2014, and this week saw us being interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland’s Mark … Continue reading

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