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Scottish supernatural beliefs alive on PEI – Marian Bruce – Again!

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Marian Bruce will be back a second time as our guest at the Sunday Lunch & Lecture Event. Her recent book, a collection of folklore about ghosts, witches, seers, and forerunners aims to nurture the storytelling tradition on PEI and inspire others to collect more tales before they are forgotten.

Mysterious lights, howling dogs, ringing sounds in the ear: these omens of death are part of a treasury of supernatural beliefs transmitted through centuries and across the Atlantic Ocean. Part memoir, part oral history—Listening for the Dead Bells reflects on stories about bad fairies, witch con­trol, bòcans, second sight, divination, healing incantations, attitudes toward death, and other links between Prince Edward Island and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Marian Bruce, a former journalist, is the author of six books. Her book on farm horses, Remembering Old Dan, won the PEI Book of the Year Award for non-fiction in 2012. A descendant of 19th-century immigrants from the Isle of Skye, she grew up in a community influenced by Highland customs, beliefs, music, and supernatural tales. After decades of working in cities across Canada, she now lives in High Bank, in the farmhouse where she was born and raised.

The meal will be served between 12:30 – 1:30 and the lecture will commence once everyone has eaten, around 1:30. The menu will be a choice of:

  • Orwell Salad (Our favourite salad with small potatoes, green beans, boiled egg, mature cheddar, tomato and red onion tossed in home-made pesto.)
  • “The Master’s” Chicken Salad Ciabatta (with pecans, green onion, red pepper and mayo) served with a salad.
  • Mistress Catherine’s Fish Cakes (A Maritime favourite, served with salad, baked beans and chow).

To reserve a seat please call (902) 651-2789 or email us at macphailhomestead@gmail.com



September 11
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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