After a career in the media spanning almost four decades, Island News & Advertiser’s editor has decided to retire from journalism to concentrate on book projects.

Susy Macaulay of North Uist founded Island News & Advertiser in 2012 as a free, monthly newspaper. It was distributed across the Scottish Islands, with a print run of 11,000.

In August 2015 IN&A ceased as a free monthly, and became a paid-for weekly paper for Uist & Benbecula, printed in-house.

In January this year, this service ceased, due to family illness and staff shortages, and Island News & Advertiser become online only.

Now Susy feels she cannot single-handedly offer the kind of local news service demanded, and needed, by the community.

She said: “There’s no doubt that Island News will be missed as part of the island media offering, and I’m sorry to let down the hundreds of visitors to this website and the IN&A Facebook page each day.

“Giving up local reporting will be hard, and I will have to resist the temptation to start covering stories again, it’s such an ingrained part of my life. However, I am taking my career in a new and exciting direction.”

Susy has recently launched a series of children’s books, Seumas & Mairi Adventures in Uist, with the first volume Sorry, You’re Too Wee! currently on sale locally and on Amazon.

Susy said: “It just shows it’s never too late to change career direction.

“The book has been very warmly received by the community and the wider diaspora – they’re already looking for the next story in the series, which will be ready in Spring next year.

“Meanwhile I’m looking into getting a Gaelic version of Sorry, You’re Too Wee onto the shelves early next year.”

Island News & Advertiser remains in business as a publishing company with Meadowsweet Press as its imprint for children’s books.

This website will not be taken down to allow its continued use as an archive resource, but it will no longer be updated.

Many thanks to all our loyal readers and supporters.