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Orkneyology Podcast - Ower wi' the moon

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In Orkney, we used to have an expression: "I'll be ower wi' the moon," meaning, "I will come and visit you when the moon is full, to light my way."

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Orkneyology Podcast Show Notes

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In the Orkneyology Podcast, we talk with fascinating and creative folk - some people living here in Orkney and some further afield who love our islands.

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Orkneyology Press - Indie Publishers in Scotland's Orkney Islands

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Orkneyology Press is an indie press based in Scotland's inspiring Orkney Islands. Tom and Rhonda Muir (Orkneyology.com) promise exciting, unusual niche titles.

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Inganess Bay - Orkney Island Reminiscences

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Orcadian Jim Muir of Tankerness in Scotland's Orkney Islands tells a fascinating and personal story of the much-loved Inganess Bay from WWI to the present.

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Orkneyology Podcast ~ Ower wi' the moon

It's a full moon! You can listen to the first episode of our new Orkneyology Podcast on our website:https://www.orkneyology.com/orkneyology-podcast.htmlor Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqrF9j6r7WoOther podcast platforms are in the works.

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David Campbell's Story Harvest Published by Orkneyology Press

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David Campbell, Edinburgh native and beloved Scottish storyteller, shares favorite stories and folk tales gleaned from a lifetime of travels and storytelling.

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Review for David Campbell's Story Harvest, Orkneyology Press

Our hearty thanks to Dr Erin Farley for her lovely review of our second book at Orkneyology Press. Look for beloved Scottish storyteller David Campbell's Story Harvest at your local bookshop, or buy from us online. Paperback: https://rebrand.ly/vyilyht Hardcover: https://rebrand.ly/ycbocgh

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Orcadian dialect and local Orkney bird names video

Tom and I have a new video on Orkneyology's Youtube channel of special interest to Orkney visitors, birdwatchers and students of Orcadian dialect. Enjoy!

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Bryce Wilson to Publish 'An Orcadian Odyssey' with Orkneyology Press

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Bryce Wilson gives fascinating insights into the development of Orkney's museums & the Pier Arts Centre, and tells stories of life in 1950s Orkney and foreward.

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Wandering in North Ronaldsay ~ and a cup of tea with Ian Scott

Enjoy a virtual walk inspired by a beautiful day we spent in North Ronaldsay wandering about and talking with our friend Ian Scott. Orkneyology Press will publish Ian's first collection of "A Letter From North Ronaldsay" in early 2024.

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A Dark Selkie Tale - Tom Muir, Orkney Storytelling Festival 2023

Tom Muir tells an unsettling selkie tale during the 2023 Orkney Storytelling Festival. The annual festival is organized and hosted by Tom and Rhonda Muir of Orkneyology.com and Orkneyology Press. This story happened at the final festival event in Stromness. The superimposed nature videos were something I recorded one fine spring day at Marwick Bay, below Marwick Head and Kitchener’s Memorial.

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Tales From the Stoorworm's Teeth - Tom Muir, Orkney Storytelling Festival 2023

Tom Muir holds an audience captive with tales from the isles of Orkney, Shetland and Faroes during the 2023 Orkney Storytelling Festival. Enjoy it on our Orkneyology Youtube channel.

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GB 2:38 / 1:05:11 Storytelling in the Orkney Museum: Tales From The Scottish Bestiary

Enjoy an hour of storytelling by Tom Muir at the excellent Orkney Museum in Kirkwall. The tales Tom tells are themed around some of the beasts in the book The Scottish Bestiary, with artwork by various artists and words by Stromness writer George Mackay Brown, exhibited at the museum in the summer of 2023.

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Orkney Storytelliung Festival 2023 Tickets

Orkney Storytelling Festival 2023: tickets go on sale on our website October 1st! https://rebrand.ly/lrldc

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Edinburgh Storyteller David Campbell Book Launch

David's two new books are being launched in Edinburgh on Thursday! Poems 1960-2020, published by our friends at Main Point Books, and Story Harvest, published by our own Orkneyology Press. Book free tickets to attend here: rebrand.ly/i2kf1en

If you can't make the launch, order David's wonderful Story Harvest here: https://rebrand.ly/d8qwmk9

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Edinburgh Storyteller David Campbell's Latest Book with Orkneyology Press

Tom and Rhonda Muir are thrilled to announce the next book from our Orkneyology Press. Edinburgh's dashing and much-loved storyteller David Campbell offers his favourite stories from Scotland and around the world in Story Harvest, including the bonus of professional tips for burgeoning storytellers! The book is available from our online shop in hardcover for £18.99 here: https://rebrand.ly/ihnt1xh and in paperback for £12.99 here: https://rebrand.ly/zf88m0f

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Visit Scotland's Museums On New App

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Find things you love and discover remarkable stories, with recommended content from the world’s greatest collections.

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Folklore from the Enchanted Orkney Island of Eynhallow

Listen to a traditional Orkney story telling how the Finfolk lost the magical isle of Eynhallow, told by native Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir, and set to images taken on the rarely-visited island of Eynhallow.

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Sailing Scottish Islands with Adventure Canada

Get a wee taste of some of the Scottish islands with this personal travel video, recorded in June 2023 when Tom and Rhonda Muir of Scotland's Orkney Islands travelled on a small, friendly, socially aware, culturally sensitive, family-run adventure cruise with the good folks at Adventure Canada.

I (Rhonda) recorded this just to show to our family, but you might enjoy it too, as we went places that aren't that easy to get to. You'll see snippets of our visits to: Hirta, St Kilda; Islay; Fair Isle; Foula; Kirkwall and Hoy, Orkney; Stornoway, Lewis; Iona; Skye, Staffa and more ... and puffins! We hope you enjoy this peedie Scottish island escape.

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Orcadian Historian Tom Muir's Talk on John Rae

Tom recently sailed on the Ocean Endeavour with the wonderful folk at Adventure Canada. Please enjoy this recording of a talk he gave onboard about arctic explorer John Rae.

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Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!