Every year we aim to bring you a variety of guest speakers. They will give fascinating, inspiring talks on wildlife, mountaineering or expeditions.
Margaret Soraya - Doing what you love- a life less ordinary. Margaret has become widely recognised for her evocative images of remote areas of Scotland and the islands. She has been awarded by National Geographic Traveller, as well as Scottish Landscape, Photographer of the Year. And she recently became Scottish Photographer of the Year 2017(MPA) for her travel & landscape images.
Margaret has a strong belief in following your intuition and living by what your true passion is. Whether that is photography, surfing, climbing or anything else that really makes you happy.
Her own relentless pursuit of the ideal lifestyle has led to many travel assignments round the world. From photographing lions on safari, African orphanage children, Indian coconut pickers to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. But she always returns to where her heart lies - in remote and beautiful areas in Scotland.
Her passion for the sea, beaches and dramatic open skies has led her to take haunting evocative photos in Scotland.
She has been known to have been seen shooting amidst a storm in the very early hours or on a paddle board in the midst of the winter to achieve these images. An adventurous spirit with a love of quiet places and the tranquility of image making.
Margaret will talk about her unusual lifestyle, travelling solo in a converted van to some of the most remote islands of Scotland. Hear entertaining tales about how she camped solo through the deserts of Arizona to learn time-lapse photography and then deployed those skills back on the Isle of Lewis, in order to capture the stars moving across the night sky above the Neolithic Stone circle of Callanish.
Come along and join us for an evening of time-lapse, video and lots of stories! Date; 13/8/2018 Time; 18.30 Location; Harris Distillery Cost; £5
Sean Ziehm-Steven - Ants, Hammocks and Whitewater Sean is the current manager of the Scaladale centre and is a bold presence in the local community.
Sean has a bit of a taste for adventure and has been on some incredible kayaking trips around the World. Sean will share photos, diary excerpts and stories of an exploratory kayaking mission deep into the rain forest of East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Date; 16/8/2018 Time; 19.30 Location; Sir E Scott school Cost; £10
Erlend Clouston‘Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s Extraordinary Journey from Flaneur to Fiver’. Erlend Clouston, Nan Shepherd’s friend and literary executor, takes a sideways look at the life and literary career of the woman who wrote The Living Mountain - the current sensation of Scottish publishing (now available in Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, German and tattoo parlours).
This talk has been a sell out at the Edinburgh Literary Festival and Breamar Mountain Festival
Date; 14/8/2018 Time; 19.30 Location; Sir E Scott School Cost; £10