I’ve finally – finally – finished what has been a draft page on this site for ages. Spurred on by a recent meeting I attended in Edinburgh with colleagues from across the heritage sector, I thought it about time to finally formalise all the different online places that cover Gaelic heritage in some capacity. The topic of the meeting was developing heritage-focused Gaelic resources for schools/young audiences – I spoke about my own work – and it was a really valuable opportunity to discuss approaches and methodologies with folk who are keen to develop said resources but either don’t have Gaelic knowledge themselves or don’t know how to gain access to it.
There is no handy one-stop shop for heritage-related resources to do with Gaelic online and the ones I’ve amassed are certainly not exhaustive. However, hopefully they’ll be of use to anyone else looking for pointers. If there’s something you’ve seen that would be of use being added to the page, let me know! I forsee it being an ongoing work in progress.
The page – Goireasan (meaning Resources) can be found here: https://uiseag.com/goireasan-resources/
Over the past wee while, I’ve been working with Kate Davies and her team on their latest venture: Inspired by Islay. A quick scroll through old posts on this blog will show lots of content from Islay; I lived and worked there for a year in 2012-2013. My job involved Gaelic cultural-heritage with particular projects I initiated being about the connection between the landscape and language. It is on this topic that Kate asked me to contribute an essay to the book being produced as part of the project (sidenote: the book has gone to the printers!).
Kate’s work has long impressed me, and I’m chuffed that she has come to me to contribute small bits of work to other projects over the years, where she has wanted to use Gaelic. Gaelic aside, as a knitter and general culture/history-enthusiast I’m always impressed by the thought and consideration that goes into all she (and the wider KDD team) does and produces. Other folk contributing to Inspired by Islay include really astonishing artists, craftspeople, avian experts and photographers, so it is an honour to be included alongside them.
Anyway, the photos here are some snaps from my archive of pictures from Islay. My time on the island wasn’t always a song and a dance so it’s been really lovely revisiting parts of the island I fell for, and exploring further the rich Gàidhealach culture I am part of.
For all of Kate’s blog posts to date on the project see here.
In other news, I started a facebook page for my work. Like, share, comment, etc.