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A major event to mark the centenary of the death of the first professor of Celtic studies at Edinburgh University, Colonsay born Donald MacKinnon, is taking place on the island this month.

The aim of the conference is to mark the 100th anniversary of Donald
MacKinnon’s death by looking at aspects of his illustrious life and work, and
shining a spotlight on the outstanding human and natural heritage of his
native island. It is hoped that, by celebrating Colonsay’s past, the event will
promote the island’s economic and cultural future.
A spokesman for the trust said: “Like all Island Book Trust events, this will be much more than an ‘academic’ occasion. We pride ourselves on bringing people together from a range of different backgrounds on the principle that we can all learn from each other’s perspectives, and that a mixture of backgrounds adds to the enjoyment of the occasion. We also believe there are great advantages in holding conferences
in a community setting, with active participation by local people. So most
sessions will take place in the Colonsay Village Hall, and there will be a
community ceilidh and an opportunity to visit places of historic interest in
Colonsay and Oransay.”

The conference begins on Friday June 6 – more details: Google Islands Book Trust and follow the link.

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