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K10 events – May 2009

6th May James Hawkins art exhibition, London James Hawkins will be exhibiting recent work showing views of Knoydart at the SW1 gallery in London. Friends of Knoydart will receive an invite to attend an evening reception. Click on June to find out about the exhibition coming to Knoydart.

Update: James and Flick Hawkins kindly hosted an evening reception for Friends of Knoydart and the John Muir Trust at the SW1 gallery in london. This stunning space showed off James’ works brilliantly. Over a 100 people attended, and it was good to meet many old Friends in a very different setting. Guests were treated to a talk from Nigel Hawkins who spoke about the history of the John Muir Trust, and the Knoydart Foundation. Thanks to everyone who helped, particulaly Rosy Williams and Mike Bishop who did sterling work on selling prints.
But most of all, thanks to James and Flick for their generosity in hosting the evening and in allowing the Foundation to benefit from the sales of prints – we look forward to seeing them in Knoydart in June.

13th May Underwater Loch Nevis – talk by local marine biologist Mark Woombs, Knoydart village hall. 6pm

Update: After an entertaining introduction by Foundation Chairman Davie Newton, Mark’s fascinating (and frequently amusing) talk was very well received. The village hall was packed to the extent that some had to stand, despite beautiful weather outside. The audience discovered that Loch Nevis has a huge range of lifeforms below the waves, something that is often overlooked. Many thanks to Mark for donating his time (and drinking everyone else under the table afterwards).

27th May We are honoured to have author Ian McEwan give a book reading, Knoydart Village Hall, 7pm

Update: a packed village hall listened intently to Ian’s warm, humorous and cerebral reading, which was followed by plenty of questions. Some in the audience were so overwhelmed by the presence of their hero that they kept quiet during the Q&A session, only plucking up the courage to talk to him during the popular book-signing (Davie had some of Ian’s books sent up from Edinburgh, which all sold). Fundraising for the Knoydart Foundation resulted in nearly Â£250 being taken through entrance fees and book sales. Many thanks to Ian MacEwan for donating his time for what was undoubtedly a highlight of the year’s anniversary celebrations.