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The fourth in the series of storytelling sessions, each in three 15 minute parts. Stories linked to the exhibition Islander: the paintings of Donald Smith selected and told by the artist’s nephew, Ian Stephen.

3pm: The King of the Sea and The King’s Fish

3.30pm: Light o the Morn – a coastguard’s story

4pm, The Sea Nymph – a story from the Baltic

Join Ian Stephen, writer and storyteller from Lewis, for 3 short storytelling sessions today exploring themes suggested by ‘Islander’, an exhibition of the paintings of Donald Smith (1926 – 2014). Ian’s mother, Johan, was an elder sister of the artist. His Lewis grandfather, Murdo Smith from Shawbost, was known as an orator and custodian of stories and traditions. Ian has been combining the gathering and telling of stories with his literary work since the late 1970s. He has shared these stories round Scotland and abroad, from Lahore Literary Festival to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Islander stories - The North Sea Coast