New funding for festival events

The first WeeMacArran children's book festival is taking place in September.

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Arran Theatre and Arts Trust is lucky to have been given funding to support two events during the McLellan Arts Festival this year.

These events have been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund, and are being delivered in partnership between Visit Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The money is to be used towards the realisation of two events: the first to help produce a new play written by Cicely Gill about the Arran Clearances called Sail or Stay which is to be performed on August 25 and 26.


With a large cast of local actors, this play uses fictional characters to tell the story of the background to events taking place in Arran during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The second event for which this funding is to be used is The Wee Mac Book Festival, also part of the McLellan Arts Festival, which will bring more than 20 authors to the island, including Carol Ann Duffy, to inspire and entertain children and young people.

This event will take place for schools on Friday September 9, with a fantastic line-up, where exhibitions and Arran Library events will be open to the public.

Saturday September 10 has open events hosted in the Arran Heritage Museum, Brodick Hall and Arran Library. There will also be the Play Talk Read bus at Brodick beach.


All Wee Mac events are free to attend thanks to wonderful sponsorship and grants. Keep checking the website for updates and information: www.weemacarran.scot

Jan McGregor