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Lochcarron Writers Get Published And Locals Get Animated! (21/05/07)
The west coast village of Lochcarron has become a hive of creativity as the local writing group, Lochcarron Writers, have just launched their first publication and village residents are about to undertake an exciting new project that will result in a series of short animated films.
Tide lines is an interesting and eclectic collection of story and prose by a diverse group of individuals who got together because they all loved writing.
The group was set up more than three years ago after members attended a series of workshops organised by Highland Libraries and supported by the WEA. Since then Lochcarron Writers have gone from strength to strength. “I think that the thing that makes us so special is the fact that we are all so supportive of each other’s writing despite the fact that we are all so different.” said Jean Stewart, treasurer and founder member of the group.
The group funded the booklet by running evening events, such as talks and lectures and collecting funds from members over a number of months. It was launched at a celebration event held in Lochcarron Library last Wednesday evening.
Jean added: “It is a really exiting time for the group as we were asked to take part in the animation project as well. We have all been really busy and are delighted with the booklet and development of the animation project.”
The community animation project, which is being provided by Inverness-based Highland Print Studio will employ two animators, Rachel Everitt and Mary Ferguson, to work for a 4 month period with participants from the local arts group, writers’ group, music group and the Howard Doris Centre. The project will culminate in a special community premier of the work produced.
Alison McMenemy Studio Manager of Highland Print Studio said, “We are delighted to be able to provide this project for the people of Lochcarron. From the start participants have been so enthusiastic about the idea of an animation project and the opportunity to learn new skills.
The project has been funded by the Scottish Arts Council, HIE Skye & Wester Ross and Highland 2007.
Cindie Reiter, Reading Development Co-ordinator for Highland Libraries lives in Lochcarron and is excited about the animation project and delighted that the work of the writing group has been published. She said: “This is really exciting time for writing in the Highlands. Anyone interested in joining a writing group should contact Peter Urpath at Hi Arts or you could perhaps try your hand at entering the 2007 Neil Gunn Writing Competition which is open to all writers, including school children. Application forms and more information is available at any Highland Library or online at /leisure/libraries/librarynews/