Roy Pedersen: Gaelic Guerrilla

Wed 20 Nov

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Celebrating Book Week Scotland (14-18 Nov), join author Roy Pedersen and ‘Gael Extraordinaire’ John Angus Mackay for a conversation and discussion – a ‘blether’ if you will – on Roy’s forthcoming book ‘Gaelic Guerrilla’, published by Luath Press.

It relates the astonishing story of John Angus Mackay’s efforts, in concert with other individuals, to challenge the sustained ‘ethnic cleaning’ of Gaelic and secure the language and culture for future generations. Most tellingly through his dogged and focused campaign, against establishment resistance, to establish a Gaelic television channel. (A channel that now, as BBC Alba, attracts viewership in excess of 10 times the total number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.)

That, however, is only a part of the story – his gifts as a teacher, his pivotal role in developing community co-ops in his native island, and in bringing about the University of the Highlands and Islands – are but a few examples of all he has achieved.

In Roy’s own words: “His courage, intelligence, humanity, political nous, public skills, wit and steely resolve, were such that, what lesser beings regarded as impossible, he made possible.”

The event will be chaired by Fred Silver who was the Editor of the Stornoway Gazette through much of the campaign.

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that sees people of all ages and walks of life come together with Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers, and illustrators to share, enjoy, and celebrate books and reading.