Orkneyology Podcast Show Notes

Orkneyology Podcast - Ower wi' the moon, Orkneyology.com, Tom and Rhonda Muir, Orkney Islands, Scotland


Season 1 Ep. 1: 
"Ower wi' the moon"
~ Mulled wine and introductions ~


In this first episode of the Orkneyology Podcast (with the encouragement of some steaming mulled wine for Rhonda's sake) we introduce ourselves:

Tom Muir - Orcadian traditional storyteller, historian, author and publisher; and Rhonda Muir - an American expat who moved to the Orkney Islands to marry the love of her life (yes, Tom), writer, roamer in the wilderness of Orkney and publisher.

We tell the story of our delighted surprise in finding each other from across the Atlantic later in life, and how we eventually came to build a life together in Scotland's Orkney Islands.

We talk a bit about our website, Orkneyology.com, which explores Orkney life, travel, history, stories and archaeology. And we reveal a little about our plans for the Orkneyology Podcast, where we will be chatting with some fascinating folk in Orkney and elsewhere.

Mentioned in the this episode:

Rhonda's Moving to Orkney ebook

You can also listen on Youtube, with a few photos for context.

Check the platform where you normally listen to podcasts if you like. We're on Spotify and a few others, and we're working on adding more.

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Season 1 Ep. 2: 
"The Magic of Stories"
~ Orkney and Beyond ~


Well, it's a full moon again and time for another cozy moonlit blether coming to you from the Orkney Islands.

This month, we talk about:

  • the difficulties of childhood dyslexia (before there was a name for it)
  • beloved childhood storybooks that help overcome traumatic school years
  • stumbling into storytelling and overcoming fear (terror, really) of public speaking
  • how the Orkney Storytelling Festival first began
  • warm reminiscenses involving some of the amazing storytellers and other people that Tom met through international storytelling opportuities (Lawrence Tulloch from Shetland, Bob Pegg, Donald Smith, David Campbell, Hjörleifur Helgi Stefánsson, Joseph Naytowhow, Stanley Robertson, Duncan Williamson ... and many more beloved friends)
  • advice for newer storytellers
  • Tom tells a local Orkney story that took place in a mound site he once dug as an archaeologist!

Other places to listen

You can also listen on Youtube, with a few photos for context.

Check the platform where you normally listen to podcasts if you like. We're on Spotify and a few others, and we're working on adding more.

Drop by on the next full moon ...

We'll be having a blether with award-winning Scottish bothy ballad singer, Scott Gardiner.

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  • Orkney Storytelling Lives Again

    Not that long ago, traditional Orkney storytelling was breathing its last. Today, an acclaimed "little festival with a big heart" is going strong, welcoming storytellers from all over the globe. How did the storytelling revival begin, and how can you take part?

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    Download our free, self-guided Orkney Folklore Trail. Drive Orkney's beautiful west coast with stories by native Orcadian storyteller and folklorist, Tom Muir.

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