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Hello and welcome to What We Do In The Winter. WWDitW is a podcast series about the lives of the people of Mull, Iona, Ulva and Gometra. The aim of the project is to locate the people of our communities in a global context and to share tales of the islands in the past.  Each... Continue Reading →

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21 – James Westland

In this episode I talk with James Westland of Tobermory. 

Born in a castle near Stirling, James, or Seamus as we know him, grew up around Alloa before going to Uni in St Andrews and then headed off shore and came back to land where he studied Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Skye. It... Continue Reading →

20 – Bill O’Neill

In this episode I talk with Bill O’Neill of Ceann Cuin, near Penmore outside of Dervaig.

 Born in Stirling within spitting distance of the castle, Bill grew up in the Raploch. He was a soldier in Cypress and Libya, and on returning to the UK lived and worked in Sheffield, Stirling and then Sheffield again,... Continue Reading →

19 – John MacDonald

In this episode I talk with John MacDonald. John grew up in Tobermory at Springbank. A haulier for the last 40 years and more, as you’ll hear John has a passion for the West Coast of Scotland, and Mull in particular. His interests stretch far and wide, and he knows so much about the people... Continue Reading →

18 – Catriona MacLeod

In this episode I talk with Catriona MacLeod
. Catriona, is a singer and cabaret artist who goes by the name of Cat Loud when on stage. Catriona is part of the famous MacLeod family in Tobermory. We talk a lot about growing up as part of a well known family, and her childhood in Tobermory.... Continue Reading →

In memory of Duncan MacGilp

I am very sad to say that Duncan MacGilp of Tobermory has died. There's so much I could say about Duncan's warmth, kindness and deliciously roguish sense of humour. He was one of the first people to make me feel like I'd chosen the right place to come and settle. Playing music with Duncan was... Continue Reading →

17 – Pat Morrison

In this episode I talk with Pat Morrison of Penmore, outside of Dervaig. Pat and I spoke in her home at Penmore Mill at the end of last October. Originally from Ayrshire, Pat came to Mull as an itinerant art teacher. Our chat covers all sorts of topics, from the poetry of Robert Burns, to... Continue Reading →

16 – Euphie Wood

In this episode I talk with Euphie Wood of Bunessan. I spoke to Euphie in her home the other day, at the start of January 2019. It was a great pleasure to spend time in Euphie’s company, although we’d met some time ago, we’d never really managed to have a proper chat. I’m delighted that... Continue Reading →

15 – Sandy Brunton

In this episode I talk with Sandy Brunton of Fionnphort. Sandy talked to me over Skype from his home in the Ross of Mull in the middle of December. I’ve known Sandy and his wife Jane for a number of years, so it was great to get a chance to chat to him about his... Continue Reading →

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