Assynt Crofters' Trust
Assynt Crofters' Trust

        A Celebration of Music and Poetry

Picture above courtesy of Becky Thomson, Ullapool Dance Festival

The Fèis within a fèis sees a whole host of local musicians mentoring and tutoring anyone who wants to improve their musical playing.

The Soil Beneath our feet workshop is led by three local musicians: Anna Buxton (fiddle), Kim MacLennan (accordion), and Rory Matheson (piano). With The Soil Beneath our Feet Project (funded by CALLP and Heritage Lottery), the three toured the area performing local music, and recorded an EP under the guidance of Mairearad Green. This workshop will focus on some of this music. For all instruments, improving beginner and above, participants will need to bring their own instruments and booking is essential. 


Henry Fosbrooke and the Woodland Orchestra will also be running 2 drumming workshops during the day. These are highly participative and no instrument or experience is required. Just a desire to have fun and make a great sound. Even more exciting is that these workshops will be in the Broch! Booking is not essential but is advisable

Booking for both these workshops is via email at


Alongside we have acclaimed poet Anne-Marie Fyfe running a creative writing workshop and then giving a performance, more details of both these events can be found below. And in the evening Rory, Kim and Anna launch their first CD and local author of young adult fiction Phil Jones (aka Cyan Brodie) will be presenting the prizes in the creative writing competition.

Tuesday 3rd July

Time Event
10am -1pm

Anne-Marie Fyfe - The Voyage Out

Creative writing workshop in the Assynt Crofters' Office






Music Workshop part 1 - learning the music with

Rory Matheson

Kim MacLennan and Anna Buxton

Woodland Orchestra drumming workshop. Open to all. In the Broch

1pm Lunch

Workshop part 2

Arranging the music




3.30 pm

Woodland Orchestra drumming workshop. Open to all. In the Broch


Open Music session


Creative Writing Prize Giving

7.00pm The Voyage Out - Anne- Marie Fyfe

 The Soil Beneath our feet EP

CD Launch Concert

Rory, Anna and Kim launch the first CD of their careers

Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection is House of Small Absences (Seren Books, 2015). Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie lives in London where she works as an arts organiser. She has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, & is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society.



The Voyage Out


Background: Irish poet Anne-Marie Fyfe's first home was on the edge of the legendary Sea of Moyle on the Antrim Coast. While always engaged with the contemporary, with love, loss, life, & the journey, her writing, from first publishing A House by the Sea, to her most recent, fifth collection of poems, House of Small Absences, has echoed the rush of tide, the North Channel waves, the sounds of fishing boats, the lives of coastguards & lighthouse men, of islanders, & the isolation & marginality, the shifting boundaries, real & metaphorical, between land & sea, between headland & deep.


A series of writing & teaching residencies at Aldeburgh on England’s East Coast, on Inis Meain in the Aran Islands, Achill Island in County Mayo, Carmel in California & St. Ives in Cornwall (among others) have led to Anne-Marie's current project (funded by Arts Council England), of writing a new book (due for publication in 2019) which will combine prose/poetry/memoir & travel-writing, & which will, as part of the journey, visit, explore, & bring a themed creative-writing workshop, Edge of the Depths, & linked performance, The Voyage Out, to, a range of coastal/shoreline locations in Ireland, England's South-West, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, South Wales, & East-Coast US & Canada. Her visit to Assynt is hosted by Assynt Crofters Trust as part of  the celebrations


Workshop: Edge of the Depths: Creative-Writing Workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe, Tue 3rd July, 10 am to 1 pm, £25, book via

Discover the creative power of raging seas, of Force-9s & undercurrents, of tidal pull, hidden depths, unknown treasures, & uncertain homecomings; of the sense (literal, metaphorical, emotional...) of stepping off terra firma into the unknown, the elemental, the unfathomable. Not just writing poetryt, fiction, & memoir about seaside days & safe harbours, but the real oceanic deal, the seven seas that cover two-thirds of our world’s surface. Join us & experience the creativity of Anne-Marie Fyfe's themed workshops where tasks & talk, led exercises & sources of inspiration (from literature, the visual arts & a much wider world) will fire your writing & have you producing real results in terms of finished works & new drafts (& a head fizzing with new ideas, new directions!) ... as well as time for read-back to, & positive feed-back from, energised fellow-poets. Plus advice on being your own best critic, on editing your work, & workshopping with fellow writers.  Writers also have the opportunity of reading as part of Anne-Marie's evening performance, The Voyage Out.



Event: The Voyage Out: Poetry, Prose, Music & Memoir - Tuesday 3rd July, 7pm in the Marquee on Stoer Green - entry £10 and includes the concert which folows at 9pm.

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe presents readings, talk & music on writers and the sea, from great novelists, travel-writers & poets of the past - along with readings from the local writers who've taken part in her Edge of the Depths workshops - to the constant, recurring presence of the sea in her first five collections of poetry, to new work from her current writing/travel project combining poetry & prose memories, of growing up, of life by the sea in Cushendall, and of other coastal locations she’s experienced on her travels. With sea-music by Cahal Dallat (accordion/mandolin/flute).




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