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Hear Tom Muir's Walter Traill Dennison Talk in Sanday, Orkney

Fans of Orkney Islands history and folklore will enjoy this recording of a talk Tom Muir gave in Sanday last weekend on the Orkney folklorist Walter Traill Dennison.

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Tom Muir Goes to Budapest!

Here's a little behind-the-scenes peek for our buddos and all our supporters: clips from our trip to Budapest, Hungary, for the International Theatre Olympics. Karinthy Theatre in Budapest hosted their very first storytelling festival, to which Tom was honored to be invited. And what a hoot watching Tom and his Hungarian-Scottish interpreter, Mark Alan Wodala, performing together! We hope you enjoy these clips.

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David Campbell's Story Harvest to be 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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25th anniversary edition of Tom Muir's Orkney Folk Tales, The Mermaid Bride

The long-awaited 25th-anniversary edition of The Mermaid Bride and other Orkney folk tales is out! With new stories and illustrations added, this book is a real bargain. Believe it or not, it's still at the original price. Buy it at your local bookstore or online. https://rebrand.ly/18sx5z0

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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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Sneak peek for buddos!

We've shared a sneak peek from Tom's upcoming book, Scottish Folktales of Coast & Sea, on our Ko-fi page, exclusive to all our buddos (supporters). Thank you! https://ko-fi.com/orkneyology

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Enjoy a night of Orkney and Scotland Coastal Stories from Tom Muir Free!

Tom recently had a lovely night spinning a few yarns for an online audience which, fortunately, was recorded for you to enjoy ... so enjoy!

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Shonaleigh Cumbers ~ Garment for the Moon, Jewish Wonder Tales

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Shonaleigh Cumbers is a storyteller of rare giftedness and is possibly the last surviving Drut’syla, female tradition-bearer of traditional Jewish story cycles.

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Moving to Orkney - the update!

Alison and Alastair of Where Can I Live, a website filled with moving-abroad tips, asked me for an update on life in Orkney as a US expat. You can read it here: https://wherecani.live/blog/view/moving-to-the-uk-and-the-orkney-islands/

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A Seaside Winter Orkney Walk ~ A Slow and Relaxing Nature Walk in Orphir, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Relax to a slow, meditative winter nature walk starting at the Viking era Round Kirk, Orphir, Orkney Islands, Scotland. For once, it wasn't a blustery day! Very unusual for January in Orkney. My tiny camera's audio isn't the best, but you'll see beautiful coastal Orkney nature scenes. Enjoy a rest now, a virtual pilgrimage, or think about planning your own Orkney Islands walks. Get a cup of something delectable and steamy, relax for half an hour and sink into calming Orkney natural beauty.

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Ola Gorie blog - Bryce Wilson's Orcadian Odyssey

A lovely tribute to Bryce Wilson and his new book from our friends at Ola Gorie Jewellery.

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An Orkney Walk: a Slow Wander at Yesnaby

Relax to a slow, meditative winter nature walk at the cliffs of Yesnaby. I got rained out by a persistent, cold drizzle - hardly surprising for Orkney in winter. I did get to the Broch of Borwick for a wee explore, though. Enjoy this virtual wander. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhgdHiRjvs

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Contemplate a Quiet Winter Walk in Stromness, Orkney

Enjoy a restful walking pilgrimage - a slow, meditative winter nature walk around the back side of Stromness in Scotland's Orkney Islands, January, 2023. It was a bit of a windy day, so you'll hear lots of authentic Orkney wind! Get a cup of tea and enjoy a few calming minutes of quiet Orkney natural beauty. The poem I was reading at the end is by Robert Frost, a wonderful American poet of proud Orcadian descent.

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Contemplative Orkney: Slow and Mindful Nature Scenes

My new playlist for slow Orkney walks for visual pilgrims, and those who need a few minutes a peace and natural Orkney beauty.

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A mindful walk video - around Stromness Harbour, winter Orkney nature scenes

A meditative winter walk with mindful, panoramic views as seen around the harbour in Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland in late December, 2022. Get a cup of tea and enjoy a few minutes of quiet beauty in Orkney's West Mainland. Watch for the curious seal at the end!

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A winter solstice walk in Orkney - a slow walk video behind Cuween Hill Tomb

This is a walk I (Rhonda) took on a weirdly windless midwinter's day, 2022 through the peaty bogs behind Cuween Hill Tomb, ending at the tomb. The glimpse of poetry at the very end is probably my favorite poem, written by an American poet, Robert Frost, who was partly of Orcadian descent, and proud of it.

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First title for Orkneyology Press!

Tom and Rhonda are delighted to announce our first book with Orkneyology Press, Bryce Wilson's wonderful memoir, An Orcadian Odyssey. Huzzah!!!

For those in Orkney, the book launch is your best bet to get a book in your hands before Christmas. Online orders from our shop will become available from December 18th onward here: shop.orkneyology.com/collections/orkneyology-press-books You won't see the option to buy on this page until the 18th - it's invisible until then.

Be forewarned that the book will almost certainly not arrive before Christmas, even if you order it on the 18th. But we hope you'll buy it anyway - it's a great winter read!

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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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Orkney Storytelling Festival 2022 Events Now Online

Four recorded events from our 2022 Orkney Storytelling Festival are now available to purchase online for a short time only! (Private links to the events you buy will be sent in an email within 24 hours.) Buy your tickets here: https://pretix.eu/ostfestival/ost2022

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Tom Muir Orkney Storyteller - Festival Event

Orkney Storytelling Festival 2022 is about to begin! One event lovers of Orkney's lore won't want to miss is at Stromness Town Hall, 2:00 Sunday. Tom Muir will connect his Westray and Sanday family stories with Orkney folk tales and customs. Live stories are accompanied by a short film of Tom telling stories in the Orkney landscape. Full festival schedule and ticket info: https://orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk/main/sunday-30th-october/

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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!