Iona 2020 News...
Many of you have asked about next year’s dates for the Iona writing course. The May dates are 23rd to 28th May, when I will be running my usual course with the able assistance of David Clemson. I will be returning to Iona for what will be a landmark 25th Anniversary Iona Retreat between 29th August and 3rd September. At the end of the September Retreat, I will have two days break. Then, I am delighted to tell you, Sir Malcolm MacGregor, the internationally famous photographer, who has specialised in photography and writing about the Hebrides, and is the author of ‘Mull, Iona and Staffa’, will be running a very special Writing and Photography course with me from the 5th t0 10th September. It will be an extension to my usual Iona writing course, which will run as normal, but this time I will be running the second course in conjunction with the Argyll Hotel, who will provide the whole package including meals. Some people may wish to come just on my usual Writing course, where the booking system etc will be the same as always, while others may prefer the four-day Writing and Photography module through the hotel. Some may wish to come to both, and take a two-day break between, perhaps for exploration of Mull or further afield in the Hebrides. Malcolm MacGregor’s books are bestsellers. He himself is steeped in the history and landscape of the Hebrides and Scotland, and he is Chief of the Clan Gregor. He lives in the Borders and is married to the BBC newscaster Fiona Armstrong, who is Chief of the Clan Armstrong.
23-28 May 2020
24th Creative Writing Retreat: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.
29 August-3 September 2020
25th Creative Writing Retreat: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.
‘Iona of my heart
Iona of my love
Instead of monks’ voices
Shall be the lowing of cattle
But ere the world come to an
Iona shall be as it was’
Gaelic poem reputedly by St Columba
5-10 September 2020
Iona Writing and Photography Course: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.