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  • Writer's pictureJohn Dempster

Our first ever hybrid event: last night's Open Mic

A very significant HighlandLIT event last night when we held our quarterly Open Mic. It was our first ‘in-person’ meeting since before the first lockdown – we last met as a group in February 2020. And it was also our first ‘hybrid’ event – the group in the room at the Glen Mhor were joined by others on-line, and both folk in the room, and some of those on the Zoom took part. Huge thanks are due to HighlandLIT Committee members Scott Fraser and Cathy Carr who made sure everything ran smoothly from a technical perspective.

Liz Shaw read from her recently-published novel Had we never loved so blindly; Graham Bullen introduced us to his work-in-progress, a fascinating novel set in 16th century Sicily which he hope will be published in late 2022. There was exquisite poetry from Hazel Macmillan, Cáit O’Neill McCullagh and Meg MacLeod. Anne-Mary Paterson read us a intriguing retelling of a Ross-shire legend; Duncan MacInnes shared two atmospheric short stories; and Malcolm Timperley read another of his brilliantly quirky tales with more than the hint of the supernatural and a game-changing last line.

Thanks to everyone who took part, and to all who attended – it was a lovely evening, enjoyed by all! We hope to continue delivering our events both ‘in person’ and on line so that anyone across the Highlands can attend, and we’re always happy to receive feedback to help us do things better in future. The next HighlandLIT is on Tuesday 19th October.


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