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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):

Always Heat the Haggis This Is Islay

This is Episode 5 of This Is Islay, a volunteer-led podcast celebrating the people, places, events and connections of Islay and Jura. This month’s podcast is hosted by Gemma MacLean and Jolyon Thurgood and features: · Nicholas Bowman and Jenny Featherstone describing their lockdown journey around Islay – on foot and by kayak – to bag all 34 trig points, · Glen Roberts in conversation with Ian Gibson discussing Robert Burns, Burns Night, “Address to a Haggis” and much more, · Mairi McGillivray’s music, a track from her EP “In My Mind” – ”Tha Fadachd orm Fhìn” , and · This month’s factoid: what is a trig point? 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. 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. Music featured this month was: Tha Fadachd orm Fhìn, from the EP “In My Mind” performed by Mairi McGillivray, and available to purchase/download at 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 . Inspired by Nick and Jenny, we invite you to support #DoddieAid at – encouraging exercise and raising funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease.
  1. Always Heat the Haggis
  2. Christmas 2020 on Islay
  3. Islay Community Access Group and Music from the Fraser Shaw Trust / Islay Sessions
  4. Islay Resilience and A Trip To India
  5. Welcome to This Is Islay Fàilte a chàirdean

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.