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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29 – Mhairi Killin

This episode is a conversation between Mhairi Killin of Iona and myself. Mhairi and I met in her office at Aosdana, on the Isle of Iona at the start of this week, half way through May of 2019. We talk about a whole host of topics, a lot relating to our cultural identity and sense... Continue Reading →

28 – Jim Corbett

In this episode I talk with Jim Corbett of Lochbuie. The Lochbuie estate has been in Jim’s family since 1922, and Jim and his wife are just about to celebrate their 40th year living here on Mull. We talk about Jim’s family background, how the family came to live in Lochbuie, the Maclaines of Lochbuie... Continue Reading →

27 – Anna Mockford

In this episode I talk with Anna Mockford from near Kintra in the Ross of Mull. Anna is a professional photographer and was born in the South East of England. She grew up in the 70’s and 80’s before going off travelling with her partner Nick, who is also a photographer. We recorded this episode... Continue Reading →

26 – Davie Kirkpatrick

In this episode I talk with Davie Kirkpatrick of Iona. Davie has lived in Iona for the vast majority of his life. 
Our conversation covers lots of ground. We talk about growing up on the island, going away for school, various characters and community members of the past and present. 
We talk briefly about the... Continue Reading →

25 – Hugh MacPhail

In this episode I talk with Hugh MacPhail. Hugh talks about his life on the island of Ulva, the construction of the big house, farming, fishing, other people who lived on the island at the time. At one point he has a fantastic series of reminiscences about the puffers, the small coastal ships that brought... Continue Reading →

24 – Neil Munro

In this episode I talk with Neil Munro. Neil is our first participant to hail from Ulva. We recorded this episode in the study of Ulva house. Ulva, which is now, I’m delighted to say, a community owned island. The ground floor of Ulva house has a beautiful wooden floor, which you’ll hear throughout the... Continue Reading →

23 – Andrena Duffin

In this episode I talk with Andrena Duffin. Andrena has lived all over the world, but has never been more than 6 months without being back on Mull. 
When she was younger her family owned Erray farm, outside of Tobermory, which she talks about around 15 minutes into our chat. 
Her parents then moved over... Continue Reading →

22 – Gordon Buchanan

In this episode I talk with Gordon Buchanan of Tobermory. Born in Alexandria outside of Dumbarton, Gordon moved to Mull with his Mum, brothers and sister in the late 70’s. In our conversation we cover lots of anecdotes about growing up in Tob, building dens, raiding gardens for fruit, local characters of his youth, the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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