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Journalist, award-winning travel blogger, & expat Scot in the USA (also known as Katie). Experienced in writing features on everything from education and politics to arts, culture, and travel.

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Finding Love at a Food Stand

I met my husband at a street food stall in China.

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It's all change for weddings, US-style

When I moved to America to get married, I thought I knew what to expect – but I was in for a few surprises, and none more so than in the realm of weddings.

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PC Louise in NY Marathon

Almost 50,000 runners from around the world started the New York City Marathon yesterday morning (November 6th), pounding the pavements for 26.2 miles through the city’s five boroughs – and one of them was Western Isles Police Officer Louise Henderson.

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The story of the first dog in space...

Artist and writer Nick Abadzis talks to Katie Macleod, one of his neighbours in America, about how he came to retell the story of Laika.

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Kevin MacNeil: Looking forward to book festival

"It's home. As any islander knows, no matter where you live, your true home is on the
island,” says author Kevin MacNeil about returning to Lewis for Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival at An Lanntair.

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Faclan - my favourites

Books make armchair travellers of us all, something that this year’s Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival at An Lanntair, proves very well.

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Blood for Breakfast Is Wasted on the Young

Never tell an 8-year-old what they're really eating - especially when their breakfast involves a mix of pig's blood, oatmeal, beef suet, and onion.

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Linking tunes with images… by Freeland Barbour

“I always wanted to play,” says Freeland Barbour of his introduction to Scottish music. “Though I had piano lessons from age five to about 14, it was the accordion that took my fancy, goodness knows why. Maybe I liked its dissonance!”

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Celebrating our culture

The Royal National Mod, taking place in Stornoway this month, is an example of all that is celebrated and loved about Hebridean culture, and it’s a culture that the local business community is learning to embrace too.

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Foraging for food 'about using your senses' says Fiona

“Foraging is about using your senses,” explains Fiona Bird, the author and cook who will be speaking at the Skye Book Festival at the Aros Centre next month. “Once you’ve got your eye in, you’ll see wild food everywhere.”

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'A dark (and occasionally funny) psychological thriller…'

A disquieting tension rises, slowly but steadily, throughout the pages of Joanne Harris’ latest novel, Different Class.

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How Hebrides inspire me, by author Peter May

“I’d always had this picture in my mind of somebody being washed up on the beach at Luskentyre,” says the international best-selling author Peter May of the genesis of his latest crime novel, Coffin Road.

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Royal presence as international Harris Tweed show launched at fashion festival

What happens when you take a trio of expat Scottish creatives with a love of storytelling, and add Harris Tweed? You get a Harris Tweed Authority-approved exhibition detailing the creation of the cloth and its journey into the world, opening in Edinburgh with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance.

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Hebrideans help success of US TV series

On screen and off, Hebrideans have been leaving their mark on Outlander, the Golden Globe-nominated, award-winning, £50 million TV series that has taken the USA by storm - but still flies under the radar in Scotland where it is set, filmed, and produced.

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Success story for a reluctant performer

The last rays of the day's sun stream through the window, and notes of fiddle music float through the air from the adjoining room, where the sound check is taking place. Julie Fowlis, the award-winning Gaelic singer and musician from North Uist, looks refreshed and relaxed despite a four-hour drive to Pennsylvania for the fourth stop on a US tour.