The Unofficial Chronicles of Invermuir by ELIZABETH and IAN MACPHERSON
Tonight Ian Macpherson and his wife, Elizabeth Macpherson , release to the microphone the first batch of a series of letters from a hypothetical village called Invermuir. This village is typically Scottish, neither Highland nor Lowland, but a little of both. The events which agitate the surface of its life are those common to similar communities throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. When the portrait album is filled, listeners will have an authentic gallery of Scottish life. The letters are supposed to come from only a few figures in the life of Invermuir of different rank and outlook. Tonight listeners will meet Dr. Gray, dry, rather off-taking, and occasionally very angry ; Finlay MacEachern , game-keeper; Shon Macrae. poacher; and last but by no means least, Jane Baxter , brisk, efficient, and bossy.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Macpherson have had first-hand experience of the kind of life they are depicting and both are very capable writers. Mr. Macpherson has published ' The Shepherd's Calendar '. ' Land of our Fathers', and ' Pride in the Valley one of his latest works, was published in the beginning of this month. On behalf of the Scottish Country Industries Development Trust he is making a survey of country trades.
Am Fasgadh , the only folk museum in Scotland, was established a few years ago in the Island of Iona by Miss 1. F. Grant , the historian whose knowledge of Scottish domestic life in past centuries is probably unrivalled. This summer the museum has been moved to the more central neighbourhood of Laggan on the River Spey. being reopened about a fortnight before this broadcast.
Tonight Ian Finlay will describe a recent visit to Am Fasgadh, explaining what a folk museum such as this one sets out to do.
A talk by Ian Finlay
In his talk this afternoon Ian Finlay is to throw new light on a rather dark subject and reveal some amusingly interesting sidelights on Hitler's career. For instance, there is the suggestion that Nazism might have been born on the day that Hitler learned that he had failed in the entrance examination for the Vienna Academy of Arts - the Fuhrer's first failure! It is not only the art of painting that comes under scrutiny, but music too, and reasons are analysed for Hitler's passion for Wagner.
Talk by Ian Finlay
Ian Finlay, journalist, art critic, and broadcaster, steps into the monthly t Mdi lion of 'North of the Tweed' which has been, so competently built by George Blake. These soliloquies on Scottish affairs might be said to have touched the peak of good 'regional broadcasting', and those who have heard Finlay at the microphone will probably agree that he is just the man to maintain a standard of Scottish interest that is also acceptable ' South of the Tweed .
Finlay was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents, and was educated at Edinburgh. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and journals, writing chiefly on Scottish art, the importance of form and design in industry, and - his favourite subject - the infinite possibilities of museums in popular education.
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