25-30 May 2019

22nd Creative Writing Retreat: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

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1-5 June 2019

Iona Writing and Photography Course: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

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31 August-5 September

23rd Creative Writing Retreat: Argyll Hotel Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

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Iona 2019 News...

Many of you have asked about next year’s dates for the Iona writing course. The May dates are 25th to 30th May, when I will be running my usual course, I hope with the able assistance of David Clemson. At the end of the end of the course, 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 1st to 5th June. 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.


Dates for September are 31st of August to 5th September 2019, and will be run by me as usual, with the able assistance of David Clemson.

I do hope you may be able to come to one or other of those courses, or both, as I have so enjoyed spending time with many of you on that magical island in the past! This second course may be very suitable for partners too, though of course they will always be welcome on any course, participating or not.

‘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

end

Iona shall be as it was’

Gaelic poem reputedly by St Columba