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  • Writer's pictureGareth Williams

Roger Hutchinson

I am rather excited at the moment. Next week, the writers and readers group which I now chair - The Skye Reading Room - hosts Roger Hutchinson as guest speaker.

I heard Roger talk about the craft of writing way back in 2009 and I am still following some of his tips to this day. It will be marvellous to welcome him back to Portree. I know he has spoken to great effect to our group on several previous occasions.

For those of you who don't know Roger's work, here is a very brief summary. He was a journalist of the West Highland Free Press and still produces a regular column for the paper. He has written at least 15 non-fiction books including Polly, The True Story Behind Whisky Galore and Calum's Road, as well as The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: The story of Britain through its Census, since 1801.

He is currently working on a much-needed history of his home island, Raasay.

He will be speaking about his craft, and the research process with particular reference to this latest project.

I thoroughly recommend his books for a thoughtful, well-written insight into myriad subjects.

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