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Eleanor Turner ‘A Small Cog’

Premiering on The Orkney News YouTube channel on Sunday 20th of November at 1200pm is the next in Martin Laird’s series of films for Orcadian Stories.

Eleanor Turner was secretary and administrator with the St. Magnus Festival from 1981-1986, as well as a singer with the Festival Chorus.

In this short film she speaks about her experiences working with the visiting artists, volunteers from the local community, and the founding Festival committee which included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, George Mackay Brown, and Archie and Elizabeth Bevan.

Filmed and edited by Martin Laird (https://www.youtube.com/@martin_s_laird) , researched by Fiona Grahame, and produced by Orkney News Ltd, ‘Orcadian Stories’ is a series of short filmed interviews of people who have played a part in creating a cultural legacy for the islands.

The films focus on individuals telling their stories. The original theme music is by Eamonn Keyes. All the individuals filmed have contributed to the local community through their work which may be for art, music, film, communications, tradition, mental health, and wellbeing. This film has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

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