Fearann is Fonn: Turas a-steach do dhualchas (Hinterland and Heartland, a journey into Gaelic culture) is a series of three Saturday morning events, exploring language, folklore and tradition. Non-Gaelic speakers are welcome and translation is available.
Ticket price includes a breakfast roll and coffee.
9.45am – Air an Àiridh: Shielings: Islands on the Moor
Photo by John Maher
An original and intriguing event on Moorland history and the archaeology, tradition and folklore of the shieling, featuring John Love on the shielings of Rum, John ‘Rusty’ Macdonald on those on the lochs moor, pre and post-War, and Hugh Cheape chairing and commenting on the enduring lore and lure of the àiridh. Marc Calhoun, whose The Beehive Dwellings of the Hebrides is newly published by Acair, will join on screen from the USA.
11am – Ruairidh MacThòmais : Derick Thomson Centenary
An event exploring Derick Thomson’s life and work in his Centenary year, with Anne Frater, a graduate in Celtic and French from Glasgow University whose PhD thesis was on Scottish Gaelic Women’s Poetry up to 1750. Anne Frater’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, and in her own collection, Fon t-Slige (Under the Shell) published by Gairm in 1995. She is currently a lecturer on the Lews Castle College UHI Gaelic degree course.
12pm – Dùileach: Elemental – Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, pictured, is a critically acclaimed, award-winning writer, working through Scottish Gaelic, English, and Polari. He has published three collections of poetry and won and been shortlisted many times for awards and prizes. His work An Leabhar II was included in the Scottish Poetry Library’s ‘Best Scottish Poems of 2020’ – the first film-poem to ever be included. Marcas is also one of Gaelic Scotland’s most exciting singer-songwriters, having won major awards as both writer and performer at the Royal National Mòd. Known throughout Scotland as the King of Gaelic Pop, with three singles given a commercial release, his forthcoming début album, funded by Creative Scotland, is hotly anticipated.