Listen to the This Is Islay podcast

Islay News

Some new media from Islay to write about. Back in August the This is Islay podcast was launched. Its goal is to bring you voices from Islay, news and events with interviews from the community. It is intended for both locals and listeners further afield to give an insight into what is happening on Islay and how the community experienced events. The intention is to complement other news sources (e.g. The Ileach), not to compete with them.

As of writing this two episodes have been published, Welcome to This Is Islay Fàilte a chàirdean and Islay Resilience and A Trip To India. The below embedded player should list and allow you to play the most recent episodes (as of writing this the two mentioned ones):

Portraits and Partnerships This Is Islay

This is Episode 9 of This Is Islay, a volunteer-led podcast celebrating the people, places, events and connections which shape the Hebridean island communities of Islay and Jura. This month’s podcast is hosted by Larah McKay and Jasmine Middleton and features: · Glen Roberts in conversation with Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen about his new book of photography “Islay – A Personal Portrait of the Island”, · News of the partnership between This Is Islay and Mactaggart Youth and Families Outreach Services (MYFOS) to involve young people of Islay, and · A special mini-podcast put together by MYFOS participants, featuring local music and recorded at the Cyber Sounds studio in the Cyber building in Port Ellen. The goal of This Is Islay is to use podcasting to foster community involvement, education and training, providing resources and facilities to research, produce and promote content for a worldwide audience. We collaborate with Islay High School through the support of their staff and access to their recording facilities, and are working closely with MYFOS to involve the young people of Islay in digital media and podcasting. We invite you to provide feedback, ideas, or even join our podcasting team.  Find us at .  Let us know what you enjoyed and what you would like to hear next month.  Contact us by e-mail: and follow us on Twitter @thisisislay, on Facebook @thisisislay and Instagram @thisisislaypodcast. More about this month's podcast: Lord Robertson’s book “Islay – A Personal Portrait of the Island” featuring landscapes, seascapes and the people of Islay, is available from Roy’s in Bowmore (The Celtic House) and The Blue Letterbox in Port Ellen. All sales proceeds go to the benefit of the Museum of Islay Life in Port Charlotte. Music featured include "Mary Had a Little Lamb" performed by Brodie Shakespeare Music from Steve Martin, and James Edwyn. Our theme music is '£50 Cashback' from The Fraser Shaw Trust.  Keep up to date on Islay Sessions and the work of the Trust in support of the relief of multiple sclerosis at .
  1. Portraits and Partnerships
  2. Tea with Cantilena
  3. Spring Arrivals and Islay Faces
  4. Òran Mór and More Cyber
  5. Always Heat the Haggis

I hope you’ll enjoy the podcasts as much as I did and will subscribe to them (I’m using Google Podcasts, which works really well for me, but various other services including Spotify are available). With the latest developments around Covid-19 I found the information about the Islay Resilience Group very interesting and how it will help with possible future developments. But of course there are plenty of other interesting topics as well.

Author: Armin Grewe

I blog about Islay.

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