When Dany Mitzman and I went to the Outer Hebrides in August to record our report for BBC Woman’s Hour, to accompany my book published by Frances Lincoln, we also made this report for Deutsche Welle Radio, featuring aspects of the business side to Harris Tweed. I was there in the background making sure that everything that I thought was important about the industry was covered in the report. I of course was the tour guide and helped Dany decide on who would be the key interviewees for the program.

Have a listen here:

The Harris Tweed comeback

Goodwood Revival 2011

If ever the phrase ‘in abundance’ was to be used it would be today here at Goodwood Revival. Lord March once again has struck his deal with God and the British weather provides glorious blue skies, where middle aged men are prodded by their wives with suntan lotion. Spitfires fly low and Maserati Birdcages roar round the circuit. Woman look gorgeous in their vintage (literally 1940’s and none of this 1980’s is retro idea), and gentleman revert to raising their seats when a lady leaves the table.  This is a time gone past, something the delicate playground that Lord March provides. This is the playground that my friends and I enjoy so.


Today is my last day on the  BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Harris Tweed tour with Dany Mitzman. From what started out to be a ghastly rainy day, the sun broke through and we had what I think was probably one of the most beautiful in terms of weather (and people we met), that I have encountered up here. Dany and I went to the two mills and showed the book, interviewed Anna Macallum the Chief Executive of the Carloway mill and then went over to Tarbert to see Catherine Campbell, great niece to Margaret Campbell and daughter to Katy, who appeared in the book. I am so terribly sad to hear that Katy passed away in January and so happy to hear that Catherine is really keeping the family business fluid.