Helene Witcher grew up by Loch Lomond and studied at Stirling University. She worked with Scottish schools and colleges until retirement offered the chance to research the life of a mysterious aunt. The biography, Madame Scotia, Madam Scrap, tells the story of Héloïse Russell-Fergusson (1896-1970), a pioneering and mischievous clarsach player who entertained audiences from Tokyo to Tallinn, and who startled the traditional clarsach community by weaving aspects of world music into her 1960s’ recordings. Shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award in 2016, the book was published in 2017 by The Islands Book Trust. The session will include samples.