Outlander Droughtlander part two! Related art, casting and articles about Voyager! Interviews by our writers and editors Dorianne Panich, Susie Brown our Aussie blogging lass, and Nancy M Guillory of Whiskyisms!



Droughtlander Season Three


While the fandom waits for the next Starz original series, "Outlander", season three titled "Voyager", (also by the same name in the book series) the writers of Outlander Homepage get busy with some interesting write ups. Concentrating on the history touched on by the show and detailed by Diana Gabaldon in the Outlander books, reviews of the upcoming season based on book chapters of "Voyager", and a few cast interviews, past and present!







Catching up with Stephen Walters 

Outlander Homepage Originals By Nancy M Guillory 


If Droughtlander is creating a little nostalgia for your favorite TV show and it's beloved characters, here is a quick update on Outlander's (seasons one and two) favorite clansman, Stephen Walters, aka the funny, and feisty, Angus Mhor.

A quick chitchat with the British actor revealed several current, and upcoming projects, that are keeping him busy, doing what he loves.

When asked about his current role as "The Engineer", a sadistic warlord, in the AMC series "Into The Badlands, Stephen talked about his process for finding that character, speaking with a "southern accent", and his experience working with cast and crew.



"I genuinely couldn't tell you what happens in the show...I only did 2 episodes...next week (Which was last night) and that's it... Good people and enjoyed the role... The accent is just the one I pitch inside my head really...good to hear it was authentic to your ear drums though!! 
You mostly go off the script and use your imagination... It's always an organic process and one which you never quite get to the bottom of...and I wouldn't want to either...you just commit to something and hope it sticks in some way I guess."

Whatever Stephen is doing is definitely sticking! We also talked about his upcoming projects such as UK television series "Tin Star" in which he plays "Johnny", and "Little Boy Blue", a police drama.

"In "Tin Star"...I play Johnny which was a role I loved, kind of a singing cowboy... And a drama on ITV with Stephen Graham called Little Boy Blue...we both play police officers!!...
So diverse and varied roles, which is what it's all about for me... Now filming a new series in Scotland, so good to be back here again."
Hmmm.... Hopefully Stephen will be able to reveal more about the new series he's filming in Scotland when we see him in person at the Outlander in the City event in June. In the meantime, you can catch Stephen's performance as "The Engineer" in "Into The Badlands" on AMC Sundays 10/9c and On Demand.








Season 3 in costumes!










“Joining the Clan” - An interview with season 3 newcomer, James McAnerney by your Aussie Blogging Lass

Outlander Homepage Originals By Susie Brown



Now entering its third season on our screens, ‘Outlander’ is an established franchise. If the eight (and soon enough, nine) books aren’t enough, the two TV series already broadcast by Starz have ensured that the characters originally created by Diana Gabaldon are loved by fans all over the world. 

Everyone has their favorites: whether it be Jamie, Claire, Murtagh, Dougal, Frank, Jenny, Fergus or even arch villain Black Jack Randall, each character is familiar and beloved. Furthermore, the actors stepping into the shoes of Gabaldon’s creations have been widely praised - and many awards and accolades have already been bestowed upon the creative team as a whole. 

So what would it be like to join such a well oiled machine? To find out, we asked Scottish actor James McAnerney, who will be part of the cast for the third season. While a bit of internet detective work gives a pretty good indication of the character he will portray, nothing official has yet been announced by Starz. As a result, James was unable to discuss any specifics of season 3, but graciously agreed to tell us a bit about himself and his career, as well as share some general opinions about being the “new kid on the block.” 




We began by asking James how he got into acting. The answer, somewhat surprisingly, could be described as a bit of divine intervention!

I got into acting when we got a new chaplain at my high school,” James explained. “He asked the class how many of us went to mass and only half the people put up their hands. He then asked us why that was and for some reason, I was brave enough to say, ‘Cos it's boring!’ To his credit, he said, ‘Fair enough, so how can we make it less boring?’ Someone suggested that instead of reading the gospel, we could act it out - and the rest, as they say, is history!” 

And can you guess which character James played in the resulting dramas?

“I was Jesus!” he replied. 

But James didn’t go straight from portraying the Messiah to the Outlander set.

“I have been involved in stage, film and TV for 20 years,” he said. “I’ve appeared in the detective series ‘Taggart’ and the Scottish soap opera ‘River City’, as well as touring the UK with various plays.”


(NB. To see some more of James’ work, check out his showreel here: https://media.spotlight.com//metadata/videoforpublication?artistRef=M90489&pub=1&isIntro=false&artistName=%22JAMES+MCANERNEY%22)


As fans, we get to see the finished product of months of hard work. But what was it like to be on set day after day and see it all in action? 

“Being on the Outlander set was incredible,” said James. “Believe it or not, the show isn't that big here in Scotland, as loads of people don't have access to Amazon Prime, the platform it's shown on here. It was way bigger than I had imagined! The detail that the art department, costume and make up departments went to was phenomenal.”

So what did a day’s work on set entail? 

“A typical day for me would be to arrive at base at 7am and have breakfast. I would have sausage in a roll - square sausages, which I don't think you can get in the States. After breakfast, I went to the make up department, followed by costume. From there I went to the set at about 8.15am for the magic to begin! Wrap time varied, depending on how many scenes I was in, but I was usually done by about 7pm. Although I was new to it, everyone was so lovely, from the director, to the production team, to the cast. Sam and Cait were so nice and welcoming, as were all the cast I met.”

Twelve hour days certainly make for a busy schedule and we wondered what James likes to do when he’s not so busy. What would a perfect day entail?

“On my downtime I love doing DIY,” he replied. “I love tinkering away with stuff in the flat. My flat was built in 1850, so it's over 160 years old and it's constantly needing things done. At the moment I'm making candle holders from an old whisky barrel. As for a perfect day, for me that would be spent on a beach in Scotland, somewhere like the Isle of Harris. Honestly, Scottish beaches are truly beautiful and what makes it perfect is that they are often deserted. Even in the rain, or when the wind is howling, it's still gorgeous.”

Since time travel is such a big part of Outlander, we asked James where he would like to go if he could pass through the stones himself. 

“If I could travel in time, I think I’d like to go back to when people were trying to get off the ground and fly,” James answered. “Can you imagine how exciting it must have been to read about people who were trying to invent a machine that could put you in the air and you’d stay there? Obviously we take it for granted now and it's no big deal, but think about people trying to fly for the very first time! I’d love to experience that.”

Finally, we asked James what was next, career wise. 

“Next up for me, is a play called ‘I'm no a Billy he's a Tim’,” James said. “It is a comedy about a Celtic fan and a Rangers fan getting locked up and being put in the same cell on the day that their teams play each other.” 




Funnily enough, this play also has an Outlander connection. 

“I actually did the same play a few years back,” James explained,  “with none other than Outlander’s fan favourite, Scott Kyle!” 

Of course, that may have just been coincidence - or was James’ involvement in the world of Outlander always meant to be? Either way, we’d like to thank him for taking the time to chat to us and look forward to a second interview in September, when we can find out more about his involvement in season 3 and the character he portrays. 



This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a teacher-librarian and writer who lives in Australia. She’d really like to see what the candle holders made from a whisky barrel look like! 






Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan at the Oscars party 2017






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"To The Haggis" on Burns Night 2017


Outlander Homepage Originals By Nancy M Guillory

While drunkenly bellowing "Auld Lang Syne" at the stroke of New Years midnight, have you ever wondered where such an oddly worded song originated?
Well, it originated in Scotland, penned by native son Robert Burns (1759-1796), who is not only considered one of the Greatest Scots, but is celebrated worldwide every January 25th, with Burns Night festivities commemorating the poet's birth.


Now, you're probably thinking; well who was this amazing man, who is still celebrated two hundred and fifty eight years later? Surely he must have been someone of noble birth, a man of great importance from a well known, wealthy family. Perhaps he even held a title, or made history with feats of bravery in some great battle? 

Not hardly. Despite his strict, hardscrabble, agricultural upbringing, 
Scotland's National Poet was the 18th century equivalent of a modern rock star. Sadly, his short life was spent living from pillar to post, while fathering twelve children with numerous women before his death at age thirty-seven. Then again, what would we expect from the guy who wrote bawdy ditties with titles like: Nine Inches Will Please a Lady.


One would think a poor farmer's eldest son would be the least likeliest of lads to become his nation's most celebrated poet, yet the "ploughman's poet" is still frequently recited, and used in other literary works. 
 Mr. Burns witty and sometimes sage quips, have become famously quoted sayings. 
My favorite being: "Man's inhumanity to man, makes countless thousands mourn."

Besides the previously mentioned Auld Lang Syne, popular poems (written in both Scot's and English languages) such as: "To A Mouse" (an ode to the field mouse whose nest he destroyed accidentally while ploughing), have been credited for inspiring the literary likes of John Steinbeck, (Of Mice and Men) and Sidney Sheldon, (The Best Laid Plans) as well as other well known authors.


"To a Mouse"

"But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,

In proving foresight may be vain;

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft agley,

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promis'd joy!"


Other well known lauded works by Robert Burns include: Ae Fond Kiss, Tam O Shanter, A Red Red Rose, and The Battle of Sherramiur, just to name a few. But the most recited of his works besides Auld Lang Syne would have to be, The Selkirk Grace, and Address to a Haggis. Both required recitations at any proper Burns Night supper.





The Burns Night supper has become an international event as celebrations are held by Scots around the globe each January to commemorate "Our Rabbie". It's much more than just a pot luck, or a casual gathering of friends. A true, and proper Burns Night is quite the show, with revelers garbed head to toe in Highland/tartan finery, the sound of pipes and drums, polished swords and the most important guest... the haggis. 
Those attending are piped into the venue, and once everyone has their dram ready, the haggis is piped into the room. The procession is led by the bagpiper, followed by a sword bearer, next the whisky bearer, the haggis bearer in the middle, ending with two more broadsword protecting the rear flank. Once the haggis is carefully settled in it's place of honor, it is "addressed" by some lucky fellow reciting Burns poem by the same name, in the Scots dialect, as he slices open the steaming treat with his dagger. 

Finally, the haggis is toasted with everyone tossing back a dram of whisky, (you cannot have a Burns Night supper without uisge beatha, the "water of life") shouting "to the haggis!!". 
The Selkirk Grace is then spoken over the meal, and supper of traditional Scottish food is served.


Selkirk Grace


Some hae meat an

canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae let the Lord be thankit!


As guests are polishing off a repast of neeps, tatties, oatcakes, cottage pies, and desserts like cranachan, and tipsy laird, (whisky trifle) traditional toasts are made, always in a specific order. 
First there is the Immortal Memory honoring Robert Burns himself. Next is the toast to the lassies, always made by a gentleman, followed by a toast to the lads, naturally made by one of the ladies present. 
These three toasts usually border perilously close to roasting the intended recipients, but rarely ever cross the line. 
Lastly there is a more respectful, and reverent, toast to Scotland.
The rest of the evening is then spent reciting, or singing selected poems and verse from the birthday boy's vast body of work mixed in with music, and dancing,





aka a ceilidh. The party concludes with those present gathering in a circle, crossing arms, and holding their neighbor's hands, while singing the first two verses of.. Yup! You guessed it! Auld Lang Syne





If this sounds
like a lot of fun, that's because it is. It is an event like none other, and anyone is welcome to join in. You don't have to be a Scot to enjoy Robert Burns poetry, attend, or even host a Burns Night supper. You don't even have to wear tartan if you don't have one, although it is a sight to see the kaleidoscope of clan colors swirling around the dance floor. All you need is a haggis, some neeps, and tatties, and plenty of good single malt scotch whisky, to share with your friends.

Slàinte mhath!!!!















Je Suis Prest, An interview with Ryan Ralph Gerrard 


OutlanderHomepage Originals By Susie Brown


Any true Outlander fan can tell you that the Fraser clan motto, “Je Suis Prest” means “I am ready.” For actor Ryan Ralph Gerrard, it’s a motto that he seems to have taken to heart. After appearing as an extra on Outlander’s season 1, Ryan knew that he too was ready - ready for more. So much so, that he’s set to return to the show in season 3 in a larger, yet-to-be-announced role. While the specifics of his return are currently under wraps, Ryan agreed to talk to Outlander Homepage about the rest of his career. He also shared his choice of time period were he suddenly able to travel through the stones himself!





Indeed, it was travel that first set a young Ryan on the acting path.

"As a child I was lucky enough to go abroad quite frequently with family,” he explained. “Unlike my sister, Laura, who was quite reserved as a child, I possessed a lot of confidence and so I would talk with the hotel manager and performers, to organise a way in which I could be involved with their shows! I must've been about 4 or 5 at the time, but I remember vividly - at a bar in Benidorm - watching a man named Martin Kemp perform his one-man show of impersonations. For me, the idea that one man was making a room of 100 or so people laugh or cry was magical. I think from that moment on, my flame of ambition to become a performer was lit and it still ultimately drives me forward to this day.”


It took a while before Ryan’s performing life could begin, however.

“I grew up just outside of Glasgow and there were never any artistic opportunities in my area,” Ryan told us. “Luckily for me, my parents could see my passion from a young age and so they raised the funds to send me to The Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre and Arts. During my 3 years at the school, I made contacts from both the theatrical and TV/film industries which led to me joining an agency for background artists. During my high school years, whilst all of my peers were experimenting in the world of 'partying', I tended to spend less time socialising and more time learning about the craft. I would spend most of my free time on the sets of BBC’s Waterloo Road and BBC Scotland’s River City as an extra. This really opened my eyes to how a tv or film production was run. It was something I'd never been taught and ironically it’s where I now spend all of my time.”


Family continued to play an important part in Ryan’s developing career, with an early role reliant on him having had an emotional personal experience.


Ryan on set of "James and the Urn"

“My grandad, Tom Gerrard, had recently passed away,” said Ryan, “when I saw the audition for ‘James and the Urn’ come up. It required the actor to have knowledge or experience of being connected to a loved one who had recently passed. So, in my audition tape, I used my Grandad’s urn and ashes. This was the first time I was emotionally invested in a role, because what was happening in reality had parallels with the story. ‘James and the Urn’ premiered at the Edinburgh Filmhouse cinema in 2014 and enjoyed a sold out run. I then went on to do ‘Outlander’.


When Season 1 began filming, Ryan was invited to be a background artist for a month, while the Witch Trial scenes with Caitriona Balfe and Lotte Verbeek were being shot. It was an unforgettable time.

“I can honestly say, that at that time it was one of the best jobs I had ever done,” Ryan said. “I met some incredible friends during that month and because we spend mostly every hour of every day together, we bonded really quickly. All of the actors were extremely humble and warm towards me.”



With Melissa Boreland and Emma Findlay during Outlander Season 1

But Ryan knew he was ready for more.

“Essentially, like any aspiring actor, I have been climbing the ladder,” he said. “There came a time where I had to call it a day doing extra work. Watching Caitriona and Lotte perform really inspired me to keep pushing and to fight to get to where I wanted to be. Background artists are extremely important to making a scene look believable, but I knew that I wanted to be next to the main actors on screen, not behind them.”


And it appears that his determination has succeeded.

“Who knew that one day, I would be back on Outlander, as a cast member?” Ryan teased. “I definitely struck gold!”



On set for season 3, with Sam Heughan


Unfortunately, Ryan is not allowed to talk about his season 3 role or experiences just yet, but he has promised to do so later in the year. So, while we wait, we contented ourselves with asking him which time period he would travel to, if he suddenly found himself able to go through the stones. 

“I've always said that I'm an old soul,” Ryan answered. “I really love the 1920s and the whole vibe and glamour that was associated with that era. Of course, it was awful for the majority of people who didn't have money - but if I could go back and wake up every day, throw on a three piece suit, smoke a cigar, listen to jazz music and sip a cocktail, I'd be quite content!”


This sounds like a relaxing lifestyle, so we asked Ryan to tell us about his real life “down time” and to share his idea of a perfect day


“Most of an actor’s life is 'down-time',” Ryan commented, “so to be completely honest, most of it for me is filled with constant auditions and liaising with contacts about work. However, my idea of a perfect day is to relax at home with a coffee nearby, reading lots of new plays and watching the new uploads to Netflix. It's important for me to keep up to date with TV and theatre. It's constantly changing and I'm always learning. I'm also really beginning to enjoy 10 minutes of meditation in the morning. I used to think it was a waste of time, but some of the projects I'm currently doing require a lot of emotion. Getting into the right state of mind and being focused is key to getting it right.”


So what’s coming up next for Ryan Ralph Gerrard?

“Now that having a role in Outlander is checked off my bucket list, I really want to expand my range of roles,” Ryan told us. “I think it's important for any actor to really explore the range of their ability. It's really easy to be stuck in a box and told, "this is who you should be" all the time, so I just want to play and see what I do and don't connect with.

In late 2016, I played the lead in “Great Expectations”. This was a contemporary take on Dickens’ classic tale, written for the stage by Neil Bartlett. It was a show that was part of my acting diploma and it allowed me to network with lots of people. The footage was shown to an agent in London and I gained representation as a result."



As "Pip"


With co star Hannah June Simpson


2016 also saw Ryan make a short film for Edinburgh University with MuckyPup Productions. The film, “Brothers” can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AZIIkX_fso


And as for 2017 and beyond?

"I already have a few projects lined up that take me through into 2018," Ryan said. "I'm working with Matthew J. Howie on "Roxy Smiles”, that's due to film in Spring.



As well as that, I have a film I'm shooting in Scotland between now and summer called, "The Second Life Club" written by Simon Jake.



In the Autumn I'll be shooting "CATALYST" in London, written by Elizabeth J. Cassidy. It's one of the projects I've most been looking forward to. It's been in development for a few years now and it's finally happening.





As "Tom" in Catalyst






With co star Lily Mae McGregor









With co stars Lily Mae McGregor and Jade-Marie Joseph

2016 was a fantastic stepping stone in my career, but in 2017 I'm aiming even higher. I can't wait to see what the year holds for me.”
We can’t wait to see either and want to thank Ryan for taking the time to speak to us. We’re already looking forward to our next chat!



This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a teacher-librarian and writer who lives in Australia. She’s impatiently waiting for season 3 to begin, so that she can find out the identity of Ryan’s mystery character! 







Season 3 Mr Willoughby










"The life of a Clansman", our Ronnie B Goodwin interview! 


OutlanderHomepage Originals By Susie Brown.


For 2 seasons now, Outlander fans have been kept enthralled as events led the characters inevitably towards the Battle of Culloden.
In the final episode of season 2, Jamie Fraser sent those he loved to safety, before turning back to the battlefield to meet his death. 


But while each episode of the show focused on the main actors, what of those unnamed characters in the background, the many brave men who ultimately followed their chiefs into battle? Actor, Director, Photographer, Writer and Editor, Ronnie Battenberg Goodwin portrayed one of these unnamed members of the McKenzie clan. He graciously agreed to talk to Outlander Homepage about his life, his experiences and his idea of a perfect day! 


To begin our interview, we wondered, with such an impressive number of career descriptors, whether Ronnie identified with one of them more than the others.

“Like any other creative, I live a very varied life,” Ronnie explained. “Yet the one thing I truly relate to is film making. It encompasses all the skills that I have developed and learned over the years, including photography and story telling.”


Interestingly, the opportunity to audition for Outlander came to Ronnie’s attention via social media.

“I saw a post on Facebook that read 'Bearded Horse Man required', so I ticked the box,” Ronnie said. “A couple of days later, I was sitting on a 17.2 Hanoverian called George! I was one of a few people chosen to join the show. At this point I didn't have a clue about Outlander, but I had a job! WooHoo! I had played a period rider before, on the show Lorna Doone, many moons ago, but the experience I had on Outlander was definitely once in a lifetime.”


Actors have many different techniques when it comes to creating a character. For Ronnie, it all came down to the look and the posture.

“As soon as they put the wig on, my character appeared in the mirror,” he said. “Then, when I sat on the horse, it felt like I was made for the part.”



When asked to recall funny or dramatic moments on the Outlander set, Ronnie was not short of examples. 

“I remember many moments of near disaster!” he joked. “To give you an idea, imagine trying to get on a monster horse at 2am in the rain. It was slippery and I was cold and very uncomfortable. Next, imagine getting on and off the horse for 9 takes - and don’t forget that I was in full highland dress as well. Eventually, you lose all your strength. I ended up needing to find a block of wood or a tree stump to help get a leg up!”


But mounting the horse was only the beginning.

“Another time, we were filming the ambush episode, when my groom didn't tighten my girth enough. I was sitting on George, but another one of the highlanders, Roy Ramsay, had to get on as well. In the story, Roy’s horse had been shot from under him, so we had to ride two up. He and I locked arms and I hauled him up, but the saddle slipped and we both ended up under the horse! Fortunately for us, George didn't move. We were very lucky.”




Unfortunately, Ronnie wasn’t quite so lucky whilst on location at Doune Castle.

“Probably my most painful memory would be the time that I bumped my head on the castle archway,” he said. “I didn't do that twice!”


When asked where he would choose to go if given the opportunity to travel forward or backwards in time, Ronnie’s answer was heartfelt. 

“I would travel back in time to see my grandad,” he said. “My grandad was my hero, and I didn't get to say goodbye.”


With such a busy life, spare time is rare and we wondered what Ronnie’s perfect day would look like.

“ I rest in my spare time,” said Ronnie. “I’m definitely an early to bed, early to rise person. I love the morning light for my pictures. My perfect day involves sitting on Betty Blue, casting a fly for a couple of hours and enjoying the outdoors.”

(Luckily for us, Ronnie provided a link to illustrate this perfect day. 
Go here: https://youtu.be/PyYleOJC2T4  and you might just recognise another Outlander actor, providing the voice of the soundtrack...)


Finally, talk turned to the future, as Ronnie shared a little of what might be coming up next.

I have a great opportunity,” he explained. “I’ve been through the first process and did OK I think. Now I just need to wait!”





We’d like to thank Ronnie for giving up his time to talk to us - and certainly wish him all the best for his new opportunity! 

As a final treat, why not check out his ebook, which has some wonderful photographs and stories - and some more appearances from a familiar Outlander clansman... 

The link is here:  https://ronniebgoodwin.selz.com/item/5444e0b7b7987209cca95558 


This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a teacher-librarian and writer who lives in Australia. She has never been fly fishing - but Ronnie’s video certainly looks inviting! 







Tom 




Mare McNab character 





Jack Holden plays Lt. Hector Dalrymple 






Digital Art By Las

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Lori Stern's work is truly beautiful. she also made our flier for Outlander in the City Dinner event!




























The Dunsany sisters


Tanya Reynolds as Isobel



Hannah James as Geneva Dunsey 





Young Jamie is played by Connor McCarry






LOCATIONS OF OUTLANDER - a glimpse of Castle Leoch, home of Clan Mackenzie! An interview by your Aussie Blogging Lass


Outlander Homepage Originals By Susie Brown

Ever since season 1 debuted in 2014, Outlander has been impressing fans worldwide. The acting is superlative; the costumes amazing and the music inspirational. Producer Ronald Moore described the show as “a love letter to Scotland” and indeed, the Scottish landscape  has been like another character. Scottish tourism has benefitted from this adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels, with many fans flocking to see the Outlander sites. One such fan, Fiona McD Gallacher, recently travelled from Australia to her father’s birthplace. On the way, she stopped by Doune Castle in the Stirling district of Central Scotland, or, as we fans know it better, Castle Leoch! She shared her thoughts of the experience with us. 

An impressive sight on arrival

OHP: What was your overall impression of the castle at first sight?
Fiona: It was a gorgeous wet and soggy day the day we went to the Castle so it was always going to be a typically Scottish experience! The Castle sits virtually next door to modern houses down a very narrow roadway and I can only imagine how difficult it was to get all of the cast, crew, animals etc. down there for filming. The neighbours must have been very obliging! 


OHP: How much of the castle are you able to tour - are there some bits that are too old/unsafe etc.?
Fiona: Because of the rain it was a bit precarious in some spots outside and there is quite a slope to get up to the main part of the Castle. Inside it was a bit easier and the kitchen and great hall/dining hall were gorgeous! I even managed to find the facilities!

Great Hall

Kitchen/Dining

Great Hall

Great Hall 
The Facilities!


OHP: How is a tour set out/how long does it take? What were the highlights? 
Fiona: There is an audio tour that you can take which is included in the entry cost. I didn’t listen to the full tour but the highlight for me was Sam Heughan’s commentary on the kitchen. It was short but fantastic. 


Display boards from the tour

Lots of information is included

OHP: Could you recognise parts of the castle used for filming Outlander - and if so, which parts?
Fiona: Absolutely! The façade is exactly as you would remember it from the opening recaps from most of the first half of Season 1. It looks much larger though and there are a few modern day additions -  where there were horses and hay in front of the castle in the show there’s now a car park! I’ve re-watched a couple of Castle Leoch scenes since I came back and it’s quite brilliant how they made the surrounding area look so authentic.



OHP: Does the place have an atmosphere, or is it now more a tourist destination? 
Fiona: Some people may see it as just another old building but it does have some of the atmosphere that you get from the screen. The fact that it was raining the day we went made the atmosphere all the more authentic!  It was easy to picture that the Clan might gather in the great hall/dining hall and the grassed courtyard inside the castle walls was wet and soggy and just as it should have been. It’s a definite must-see for Outlander fans. 


Beautiful architecture

Can't you imagine looking out?

Very atmospheric
Example of the walls 
Archways everywhere

Even the light fixtures are ornate

Picture Colum sitting here! 

Perfect place to contemplate the 18th century


Almost expect to bump into a clansman any second!




The wet and soggy courtyard





Sadly Murtagh, Jamie and Dougal were out the day we visited - next time, perhaps!  




We’d like to thank Fiona McD Gallacher for giving us this glimpse into castle life! Even though Castle Leoch's part in the story is done, we're sure that Season 3 will give us many more beautiful Scottish sights to gaze upon.

This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a teacher-librarian and writer who lives in Australia. She has never been to Castle Leoch, but it is definitely on her 2017 travel itinerary! 







Outlander playing cards
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Season 2 out takes





Chatting with Our Favorite Godfather - an interview with Duncan Lacroix  by your Aussie Blogging Lass

Outlander Homepage Originals By Susie Brown




When it comes to right hand men, they don’t come much better than Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser. Kinsman and godfather to Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Murtagh is certainly not one for hearty laughter or animated conversation. Yet beneath his somewhat taciturn exterior, Murtagh is a loyal and loving protector, prepared to do anything for those he loves.





"I swore ye my oath, Jamie Fraser, when ye were no more than a week old, and a bonny lad at your mother's breast." 

I could feel the tiny start of astonishment as Jamie's eyes opened wide.

"I knelt at Ellen's feet, as I kneel now by yours," the little clansman went on, narrow chin held high. "And I swore to her by the name o' the threefold God, that I would follow ye always, to do your bidding, and guard your back, when ye became a man grown, and needing such service."

~ ‘From Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon Chapter 19 ~


Indeed, Murtagh’s bonds of love and loyalty were displayed time and time again during the first two seasons of the Starz series, to the point where fans coined the social media hashtag, #EverybodyNeedsAMurtagh


The actor responsible for portraying everyone’s favorite kinsman is Duncan Lacroix and he graciously agreed to chat to us at Outlander Homepage, beginning the interview by sharing his method of preparing for such a pivotal character. 














“To begin with, I read Diana Gabaldon’s words and used ‘book Murtagh’ as a kind of template for his demeanour,” Duncan explained.  “Then I looked at other books that dealt with that period of history and highland life. I also watched documentaries about mountain guys - modern day equivalents to that kind of character, if you like. My favourite was one called Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life. Finally, when it came time for filming, I just took each episode as it came.”


Although Murtagh is an important character in the books, his popularity with tv audiences soon led to an expansion of the character on screen. This is something that could have been daunting for an actor - particularly given the passion of Outlander fans - but Duncan was not phased.

As the role expanded I didn't feel any particular pressure,” he said, “more a sense of gratitude that I could sink my teeth into scenes more.”


While Murtagh was not capable of travelling through time, we wondered how the Scotsman would have coped had he had suddenly found himself in the 21st century. 

“I think if Murtagh were to somehow find himself in our time he'd cope fairly well, but I don't think he'd be a happy bunny,” said Duncan. “He'd probably take a look around for a couple of days, pack his things and disappear off grid ASAP!” 



By contrast, Duncan would be keen to disappear through the stones, if given the chance. 

“Oh, I'd love to go way back,” he said. “Maybe 11, 500 years ago to see how advanced we were or weren't back then. I'd love to know how they were able to build those huge monuments, the ones which still seem to puzzle archaeologists today.”


Before signing on to play everyone’s favorite Godfather, Duncan had worked extensively in the theatre and we asked if he had a standout role that he had either already played or still yearned to play. 

“I suppose the part that was the most satisfying and challenging was the role of The Librarian in a great little play called Underneath the Lintel," Duncan said. “It was a one man show and just pure storytelling. There was definitely nowhere to hide on that one, which was what made it so rewarding. Only a handful of people saw it though - typical! As for new challenges, one part I have always wanted to play is Iago from Othello.”


But what about on the big screen? Were there any iconic movie roles that Duncan would love to tackle? 

I'm always a bit suspicious of remakes,” Duncan replied, “so I'm not sure I'd attempt to recreate an iconic role.”


The Outlander filming schedule is famous for its length and intensity, so we asked Duncan what he liked to do on his time off. 

“A perfect day would be to find myself in a city or part of the world that I've never been to before,” he answered.  “I’d love to just go walking around, taking it all in.”







Finally, we asked Duncan about life advice: what was the best advice he had been given, or would like to give to someone else? Not surprisingly perhaps, he was decidedly “Murtagh-like” in his response. 

I've learnt over the years that you're nine times out of ten better off listening to your own gut than anyone else’s advice,” he said, “as well intentioned as it may be. That way the mistakes and successes are yours alone. So I guess my advice is to not to listen to any. But that's just me.”


We’d like to thank Duncan for being so generous with his time in answering our questions. 
As Season 3 continues to film, we will have to wait and see what fate (and tv scripts) have in store for Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser - hopefully we will at least see him guarding Jamie’s back on Culloden’s battlefield. 










This interview was conducted by Susie Brown - a writer and teacher-librarian who lives in Australia and has always needed a Murtagh! 







Something fun to read




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Casting news



Welcome John Bell as Young Ian Murray and Wil Johnson as Dr. Joe Abernathy 



Welcome César Domboy as Adult Fergus Claudel Fraser



Welcome Lauren Lyle As Marsali MacKenzie 





Cast Interviews 


More Than a Mere Ladies Maid: Meet Adrienne-Marie Zitt!

Outlander Homepage Originals By Nancy M Guillory





Outlander fans might swoon over Jamie Fraser, but his irresistible godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, has fast become popular with the ladies, especially as his love life heated up with a pretty French house maid in season two of the Starz series.
Vive Les Frasers!

Who is the actress lucky enough to play Suzette, opposite fan favorite Duncan Lacroix? Well, the lovely French-born, Adrienne-Marie Zitt, isn't just lucky, she is smart, multi-talented, charmingly quirky, endearingly down to earth and was kind enough to give Outlander HomePage and our followers, a chance to get to know her better.




Outlander Home Page (OHP): When in your life did you realize entertainment (acting, singing, writing, yep, she can do it all!) was your calling?

Adrienne-Marie Zitt (AMZ): To be honest, I have always been attracted to creative endeavors. The first "job" I ever wanted to was circus horsewoman after I saw the women in sparkly costumes doing acrobatics on the horses backs when I was about 4 years old. Then, by age 10, I was directing, writing, and acting in my own plays in the schoolyard (as well as singing in the school choir), casting my friends and (probably entirely baffled) random children in the playground! My big hit was a play called "The Misadventures of the Sun King" and involved Louis the 14th, a crown, a pulley system, and a teddy bear. Big success!


Well that playground perseverance paid off! Adrienne-Marie charmed Outlander fans in her portrayal of the Fraser's house maid Suzette. Her character also charmed the scowl right off of Murtagh.








OHP: Your "love scene" with Duncan Lacroix was fantastic! How hard was that scene to shoot? Surely that scenario created a few out takes.

AMZ: Aaaah, the famous "love" scene with Duncan. It was actually a pretty quick scene to shoot. Caitriona wasn't there that day so it was just those shots of Duncan and me, and that one line. We did about 5 or 6 takes I think, mostly because Metin wanted me to bow before I said my line, and I kept forgetting (possibly because I was on my first TV shoot, topless, and straddling a man I'd only met on a couple of occasions. I will always remember looking down at Duncan under the sheets thinking... This is SURREAL...) I just especially remember afterwards, it had really felt like a bonding experience for both of us. We were both very nervous about it. 



I think most Outlander fans will agree, that was one of the season's favorite scenes.


OHP: You've done both camera, and stage work. Which one do you find more challenging? Is there a specific aspect, or element of the industry that is your true passion? 

AMZ: By far I have found the camera work much more challenging, but that is possibly because my experience in TV is limited to... Outlander! Whereas I have decades of experience in stage work, and the bulk of my training was theatre-based. It's a very different process, usually much slower, you get to really know your cast mates, you rehearse a lot, you have a lot of time to explore... TV, at least the Outlander experience, struck me by its very different rhythm, and the amount of technical things you have to keep in mind. I can't believe it now, watching my few seconds of chasing after Caitriona on the stairs, how many technical notes there were on that simple move. With theatre you don't really contend with technical stuff until the very last days before opening night. So, I'd say so far I cherish the theatre process, but I'd love to expand my TV experience, just for fun. 

Well, Outlander fans certainly enjoyed your TV experience, and hope you get the chance to expand your television appearances.


OHP: If you could play the lead role in a remake of any classic film, which one would you choose, and who would you want as your leading man?

AMZ: Ooooh that's tricky! Very tricky! My first thought was Scarlet O'Hara on "Gone With the Wind", because it's such a kick-ass female role, the likes of which are seldom seen nowadays. Here's a woman who's beautifully flawed, a bit of a villain, but not in a simple way. But, you know, Scarlet is really Vivian Leigh, it's difficult to imagine stepping into that! If I got to do it, just for fun, I'd choose Richard Armitage as my leading man, since I couldn't have Clark Gable....

Hey, we knew from her role as Suzette this lady has excellent taste when it comes to leading men!


OHP: Where/when will we get to enjoy your talents again? What upcoming projects are you working on? 

AMZWell, for the moment, my projects are either writing or theatre directing based. I'm in touch with a small theatre company whose scripts I have really liked, very female-focused, strong, little known stories. I may be acting with them at some point soon, so I'll keep you posted on that. It would be quite an exciting part. I also have quite a few songs to record! So as per usual - I"m back to what I was doing at age 10.

What she was doing then, certainly seems to be working well for this hard working, gracious actress now.


Outlander Home Page really enjoyed talking to Adrienne-Marie Zitt, and wish her all the best as we look forward to seeing more of her on stage and screen.





Cast interviews



“GUARDING THE RIGHT - Being Ian Murray”  An interview with Steven Cree by your Aussie Blogging LassOutlander Homepage Originals By Susie Brown 





Throughout season 1 of the television series (and briefly again in season 2), actor Steven Cree portrayed the role of Ian Murray, close friend and brother-in-law of Jamie Fraser. The bond between Jamie and Ian is as strong as if the two men were actually blood brothers, something that Jenny mentions to Claire in Dragonfly in Amber:

“I remember, when they were young, auld John told Ian it was his job to stand to Jamie’s right, for he must guard his chief’s weaker side in a fight. And he did— they took it verra seriously, the two of them.”

Despite the passing of the years and the loss of part of his leg, Ian never forgets his promise to guard Jamie’s right. Jamie, in turn, takes comfort from the undying support of his oldest friend. 



So what is it like to bring the important character of Ian Murray to life? Luckily for us, Steven Cree graciously agreed to an interview with Outlander Homepage, chatting about everything from music teachers, to his favourite breakfast - and even a wooden leg with a mind of its own! 

















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“I first got involved in acting through doing musicals at my school,” Steven told us. “I had an amazing music teacher called Fiona McKenzie, who was a huge inspiration. I loved singing and was in the school choir. When I was about 12 I saw the film version of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', which made me really want to be an actor. I was obsessed with the film and watched it literally hundreds of times.”

Then, when he was in drama school, Steven finally got to play the role of Jesus. 

“Maybe it was because I could grow a good beard!” he joked. “In a way, I always wanted to act or perform, though I never really believed it would be possible. I'm not from an acting background and didn't know anyone involved. So it seemed very unrealistic.”

As it turned out, it wasn’t unrealistic at all! Steven later moved from portraying the Messiah to being the lead in a musical on London’s West End. 

“My favourite role outside of Outlander was playing Cliff in Cabaret,” he said. “Cabaret is an incredible show and Cliff was a fantastic part. No matter what happens for the rest of my career, I was lucky enough to achieve my childhood dream and play a lead part in a London West End musical. The part also came very out of the blue, at a time when I'd been largely unemployed as an actor for 6 years. It was very special and gave me the belief that I could actually make a career out of acting.”

In fact, by the time Outlander auditions came around, Steven was on the list of actors to be approached.

“I auditioned for Outlander because the casting director, Suzanne Smith, asked me to,” he said. It was that audition which led to Steven being cast in the role of Ian Murray.

“When I found out I had the part of Ian, I got the book and read it immediately,” Steven said. “It helped to inform me of the world that Ian comes from and also just helped flesh out my idea of the character. He's written so well in the scripts anyway, but I wanted to be truthful for the fans and help bring that character to life.  Of course, you also bring what you have naturally and then add any other flavours on top of that - plus a wig and a great costume always helps! I wouldn't say Sam, Laura and I discussed the relationships between Jamie, Jenny and Ian per se, but there are always discussions before each scene about what's going on and what the relationships are. Everyone obviously brings a very strong characterisation to their parts too and you bounce off what you are given.” 

Of course, given that Ian has lost the lower part of his leg, portraying the character brought with it the difficulties of working with a very specific prop. 

“I got the wooden leg before we started filming to practise on,” Steven explained, “but to be honest it took a lot of getting used to. It was really painful at first. The first few days, I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it, as walking and talking was quite tricky! But slowly I got used to it and by the end I was actually pretty fast! I had to do quite a lot of physio through filming though, as it kind of displaced the right side of my back. It made me very, very grateful to have both my legs, that’s for sure. But it was great to have as an actor, as it really adds to the character and helped me play Ian Murray.  The scenes were tiring sometimes but like I say, I did get used to it and at the end of the day I always think I'm not performing heart surgery. I'm just a guy dressing up in clothes with a wooden leg pretending I'm in the 18th century! It's great fun.”

‘Behind the Scenes’ video clips showed Steven walking around with a green sock covering his real leg and we asked whether this was annoying.  

“The green sock isn't annoying at all,” he replied. “Why would it be? Well, maybe slightly in the winter, when it's cold and I only have a thin green sock on! But it's very sexy...isn't it?”

After all the discomfort, physio appointments and chilly feet, the wooden leg also contributed to one of the funniest “on set” bloopers. 

“There were loads of funny moments,” said Steven, “but possibly the funniest was my wooden leg shooting off in one scene into a basket of cabbages. I tried to keep going, but everyone lost it. Plus I had lost my leg!”

With filming on season 3 starting soon, we asked Steven what he likes to do when he has some time off.

“I'm in the gym a lot,” he replied. “I also love going to the cinema, always have done. It's only annoying when people make loads of noise, but I love going to see an amazing movie and getting lost in it whilst eating Ben & Jerry’s. Actually, I have to go to the gym a lot because I love Ben & Jerry’s so much. My favourite is Peanut Butter cup. And Nutella.

As well as the movies, I love sitting in cafes, drinking coffee and talking sh*t. I'm very good at that! I play football too, which I love and I love watching sports, especially tennis, football and golf.”

With such a wide variety of interests, we wondered what Steven’s perfect day would look like.  

“My perfect day would be having breakfast with my wife at my favourite cafe,” he answered.  “Avocado, lime & coriander on rye toast, with crispy bacon and a couple of sausages on the side. Amazing. Then I'd go to Wimbledon to see Andy Murray win Wimbledon and in the evening I'd fly to Italy to go to La Pergola restaurant in Rome - which is the best restaurant I've ever been to - and have an incredible meal. Then, just as I was having dessert, I'd get a phone call from Spielberg completely out the blue, saying he wanted me for his next film opposite Tom Cruise. Hmmm, did you say perfect day or dream day?!”

Finally, we wondered what is coming up next in Steven’s busy schedule.

“I don't have anything lined up for after Outlander yet,” he replied, “but I've written a short film that we are hopefully going to make this year, plus there are always other projects buzzing about. I also have 3 films coming out that I've done in the past year: 'Brotherhood', 'The Titan' and 'Churchill', so that's exciting.”




We would like to thank Steven for being so generous with his time and look forward to seeing him on our screens - whether film or tv - again soon! 

This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a writer and teacher-librarian who lives in Australia. As book fans are aware, the character of Ian features in “Voyager,” so hopefully, the wooden leg will behave itself this time! 




Art



With high plot expectations for season three!


Summerpic and KarenJean









Interview with an artist



“Picture This”   An interview with Outlander fan artist, Vera Adxer, conducted by your Aussie Blogging Lass!


Outlander Homepage Originals By Susie Brown 



As the famous saying suggests, 
“ A picture is worth a thousand words.” Certainly there are many talented artists around the world who can tell a story by putting images onto paper, canvas or computer screen. But Outlander fan artist Vera Adxer goes one step further than that: she takes quotes from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels and then creates stunning artworks based around the words. Her images are memorable, all the more so because the actors from the Starz hit TV series also serve as the inspiration for many of the pieces. 





As the latest Droughtlander continues to drag on, we were thrilled when Vera agreed to chat to us and tell us about the fan art she creates. 


A recent depiction of the upcoming season 4 Drums of Autumn 



OHP: Tell us something about yourself. Do you have a background in art?

Vera: I’ve always had a soft spot for art, whatever its form: painting, drawing, even designing clothes. When I finished high school, I had many options to choose from for further study. I chose primary school teaching, but it was far from what would be my true orientation. When I lacked just two subjects to graduate from Masters, I started researching design - I never imagined it could be so large! After that, I went to an Institute of Design for four years. It was very interesting, because I received a lot of training in Fine Arts and had great teachers. I followed this with a postgraduate degree in Digital Media at UNCUYO, one of the most prestigious universities in Argentina. I specialised in different fields of design, such as editorial design. I worked for a few years in an editorial capacity, but now I work independently.

The design process is usually very structured. I am always “under the eye” of my customers and I must make sure that they are happy. I have to admit that sometimes it is frustrating not to feel personally satisfied with a job, even if the customer leaves with a smile.

My hobby has always been a brush and my lectern. A few years ago I also started to write short stories. It's a very beautiful thing to be writing, drawing or painting. In short, anything artistic is part of my life!

OHP: How long have you been making Outlander fan art? What inspired you to make it? 

Vera: Two years ago I created my Facebook page, "Outlander Love & Art" and then "Outlander Argentina". It was a place just for me and five other people to share something interesting about the series. Then I started creating pictures, trying to make them fit with the texts of the books. It was nothing professional, I did it just for me. But then people started to ask me for more pictures and soon I was trying to fulfill their wants. So I asked for suggestions of some specific parts of the books. As a result, I met many people. It was lots of fun. I made one or two fan artworks per day in my free time.

OHP: What was your first piece and do you have a favorite? 

Vera: One of the first was of Claire and Jamie standing in a book. It is still one of my favorites, as is a more recent one of Jamie in the printshop.  




















OHP: Is your work exclusively Outlander based, or do you make fan art about other shows?

Vera: I also do other series - everything anyone asks me - it has become a habit for me. I have made fan art for shows like Vikings, Penny Dreadful and The Walking Dead. I am always open to new ideas. Very recently, a lady wrote to me asking if I could make an art work of her and her husband as I do with Claire and Jamie. It was very comforting to know that they looked like a cover of a romance novel!

OHP: Can you tell us something about the process of making an art work? What steps are involved? How long does it take you to make each one? 

Vera: Outlander fan art is a challenge! I try not to follow a strict line in the designs. I like to innovate, but the pieces are always subject to the lines of the book. That has its advantages and disadvantages. In the beginning, I usually created a picture each day. When I set up the Twitter page, I invited my friend Begoña Díaz to help with the choice of phrases, while I dedicated myself to the art. Bego is now making her own fan art and she is really good. I have a great student!

An artwork usually takes between 20 minutes or 1 hour, but sometimes it can take much longer. The process begins by choosing the theme. In the first season, this was often landscapes and flowers. In the second season, I started building on the historical context, looking at famous paintings and trying to merge the images. The next step involves giving clarity to a photograph. It’s not something that I like to do on a computer, because I'm not very fond of Photoshop and filters. I prefer to use my iPad and perform edits with the digital pen. 

OHP: We know that your fan art is loved on Twitter - how does that make you feel?  

Vera: Everything happens so fast on Twitter!  It is difficult to get people’s attention, so when I thought about creating "Forsteras" therein lay the challenge! Diana Gabaldon’s books have short, romantic and classic phrases and making artworks based on these phrases was a way of getting attention both for the books and my work. It's a kind of positive energy. Today, almost a year later, we have nearly 2,400 followers, who usually leave good messages and it's fun. It is hard work, but having important people following us, such as Diana Gabaldon, Jon Gary Steele and Adhamh Ó Broin is an incentive to do more. I am always striving to do better work for our page.

OHPCan you tell us about any favourite comments that people have made? 

Vera: I have been very touched to receive private messages saying things unimaginable to me. One lady wrote to me saying the images had helped her a lot through a difficult moment in her health. I’m also thrilled when someone asks for a Fan Art to use for a raffle for charity. I am always happy to help. In a strange way without knowing it, each of those people have helped me to overcome a difficult moment of my life, and this virtual world has become something special for me.

OHPHave you ever been contacted by anyone involved with the show? 

Vera: Definitely the best day was when we had notification on Twitter that Diana had begun to follow us! Scott Kyle became a great friend, as well as many other followers of Outlander. Many of the supporting actors of the series have asked for their own piece of fan art. I loved the idea and I am grateful to each of them. I've met wonderful, maybe not famous people, but I can definitely say that I have found many friends.

Because we are limited by 140 characters, we don’t tag the protagonists in the series very often, unless they are campaigning for nominations for a prize. Last year for the Golden Globe, Sam gave us two retweets and that helped our page a lot. Then, a few months ago I received a message from Starz. They asked permission to include my name and one of my artworks on their Outlander Community website in the Fan Art section.

OHP: Have you read the Outlander books, or did you discover the story via the tv series?

Vera: Honestly, I did not know of Diana Gabaldon and I had never read the books. Romance novels were not part of my world. I’d watch a movie and if I liked it, then I’d read the book. I always liked science fiction, but had never related to romance.

But Outlander has a unique magic and from the first episode of the series I was captivated! Not even a week later, I was reading “Outlander” and two months later, I had read all eight books.  Now when I watch the show with my parents, they either ask me: “What will happen now?” or “Do not tell us anything please!”

I am continually reading the books, writing down phrases in Spanish and English. I try not to use the translator for my fan art, because it doesn’t always do it correctly. It is also interesting to note that there is a big difference between a book written in English and one in Spanish. The translation can drastically change some parts of the books and that can be very frustrating.

OHP: Apart from Twitter, how can people see your work? 

Vera:  People can visit any of the following sites.

OHP: What plans do you have for the future? 

Vera: I do not think much about the future, therefore my plans are only for tomorrow. Who knows what can happen! My way of life is "here and now", trying to give the best of me to whoever wants to receive. I'll take the end of Outlander as my philosophy: "And the world was all around us, new with possibility."


We’d like to thank Vera for answering our questions - and if you need some more help to survive “Droughtlander”, we certainly recommend heading to her sites and checking out her amazing fan art! 

This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a writer and teacher-librarian who lives in Australia.








One of our favorites:


We would like to thank Vera for her beautiful work on our, An Evening with Graham McTavish event. The flier, poster sign, and press release art, was Vera's donation to the charity! Without which, our campaign to sell tickets would have been very limited, to say the least!




Casting


Welcome David Berry as Lord John Grey




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