The Between Islands project has been devised by An Lanntair and its main aim is to collectively promote the wealth of artistic talent which exists between the three Island groups of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles. This is being undertaken through the development of specific projects which encourage collaboration, and which in turn introduce both emerging and established Island artists to wider audiences. The project is led by Alex Macdonald, Head of Performing Arts and Cinema, and there are currently three collaborations in existence, with more to follow.

Between Islands Music Project One
Singer/songwriters Willie Campbell (Western Isles), Arthur Nicolson (Shetland) and Kris Drever (Orkney) were the pioneers of the Between Islands project, meeting up in Lewis and Shetland in 2014, and collaborating on the production of twelve new songs. The resulting concert then opened the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway in July 2015 and went on to tour to Orkney and Shetland.

Between Islands Short Story Collection
Authors Kevin MacNeil (Western Isles), Alison Miller (Orkney) and Roseanne Watt (Shetland) were commissioned through An Lanntairs Creative Places Award to write a short story each on a Between Islands theme. The resulting book was published in June 2016 and is available from An Lanntair’s shop priced £5.

Between Islands Music Project Two
For the second music project, the focus switched to traditional music, with fiddle players Jane Hepburn (Western Isles), Maggie Adamson (Shetland), and Louise Bichan (Orkney) working together to create a concert which celebrated the varying playing styles and music of the Islands. It premiered as the opening concert for the 2017 Hebridean Celtic Festival, and it is hoped will tour to the Northern Isles during 2018. Read a review of the project here:

Other Activities

Between Islands short story writer Roseanne Watt produced this piece of filmpoetry as part of An Lanntair’s Burns Night celebrations, featuring film of Lewis and Shetland.

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