Fanclan: the Hebridean Book Festival at An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (2018).
From the 31st October to the 3rd November, An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, held their annual flagship cultural events programme, Fanclan: the Hebridean Book Festival. The theme for this year’s festival was Fear. Writers, poets, musicians and artists were invited to share their work alongside some of the most iconic 'scary' films. Exhibitions included, Erraid: 6 Degrees West, a set of postage stamps focusing on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson by an artists' collective based on the the Isle of Erraid and my work, Experiencing the Filmpoem, the exhibition of my filmpoems screened as moving image installations in the gallery space of the arts centre. Broadly, my research examines the notion of the filmpoem through film practice and explores what is meant by subjectivity through evidencing my presence as a filmmaker within my work.
Highlights from the film programme were, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Weine, 1920), Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968), Whistle and I'll Come to You (Millar, 1968) and Nosferatu (with musical accompaniment from Peter Urpeth) (Murnau, 1922). Author Q&A sessions included, how people cope with end of life experiences by Dr Kathryn Mannix, a cognitive behavioural therapist and advocate for palliative care, Sir Christopher Frayling's account of the first 200 years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a series of writer's talks on Hebridean Noir, including Peter May, Finlay Macleod and Malcolm Mackay. Poet, Hollie McNish read from her incredible archive of profoundly personal and hilarious poems. Photographer and PhD researcher Alex Boyd gave a fantastic discussion on his new book, St Kilda - The Silent Islands, which presents St Kilda's wilderness through monochromatic images. Alex's partner, musician Jessica Danz, interpretated the spiritual quality of the images through her own compositions. The Stornoway Writers' Circle read their specially commissioned work regarding the festival's theme, Fear. The Writers' Circle readings were set to the back-drop of my exhibition, Experiencing the Filmpoem.