Peebles poet explores the magical world of birds

Ian McFadyen
Ian McFadyen

A Borders poet is set to perform at The Saltire Society in Edinburgh as part of a series of events this month celebrating traditional and contemporary Scottish music and poetry.

Ian McFadyen will perform his show, ‘Why The Birds Sing’, at 7pm on Wednesday, August 22.

He brings his production to the society’s headquarters which are just off The Royal Mile. The show will be an evening exploring the magical world of birds, featuring a collection of poetry, music, song and stories in Scots and English written by Ian who will lead the performance with a little help from friends.

The Saltire Society events are taking place throughout August and, in addition to Ian’s contribution, will include performances by cultural collective The Heretics and celebrated Gaelic actor Dolina MacLennan.

Sarah Mason, the society’s programme director, said: “We are thrilled to be running this wonderful selection of performances at The Saltire Society this August, celebrating both contemporary and traditional Scottish music and poetry.

“It is an honour to be working with these talented performers and we invite everyone to join us for what are sure to be inspiring and uplifting events.”

All of the shows are free to attend, but advance booking is essential.

Places for Ian’s performance can be booked online at http://www.saltiresociety.org.uk/event/fringe-events-why-the-birds-sing

Alternatively, they can also be secured by emailing saltire@saltiresociety.org.uk or calling 0131 556 1836.

Ian’s contribution will take place at The Saltire Society, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TF.

For more information, contact Sarah Mooney on 0131 603 8996 or at sarah.mooney@orbit.scot

The Saltire Society seeks to encourage everything that might improve quality of life north of the border. It works to preserve all that is best in Scottish traditions, and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life.

It acts as a catalyst, celebrant and commentator through an annual programme of awards, lectures, debates and projects.

Founded in 1936, the society is a non-political independent charity with membership branches throughout Scotland.

Membership of The Saltire Society is open to all individuals and organisations that support its aims.