Tha pròiseact ùr a’ tòiseachadh le Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath. Cùm cluas ri claisneachd!
Originally posted on An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach:
So far the project has been overwhelmed with all your offers of reminiscences and artefacts and we are so grateful to you for these. It will take us some time to visit you all and gather such precious, personal and unique information. An important principle of this process is that nothing will be publicly shown without your permission. We will however be attempting to find photographs of as many of the Uist Fallen as we can, which may mean that we begin to post some unidentified forces photographs, in the hope that someone may identify them.
A piece of good fortune
Burns night in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig was celebrated in some style a couple of nights ago. Student Sophie Stephenson offered something old and something new with the bard’s own “Tae a louse” followed swiftly by Lorna Wallace’s brand new “Tae a selfie”.
An interesting contrast with the Benbecula Burns night also given the Clilstore treatment a wee while back!
The Kallin Shellfish video, made by ESOL learners back in 2006, was among the first experiments with supporting UGC (User Generated Content) by the Island Voices project. It’s since been viewed with interest by many ESOL teachers around the world, and earned a special mention in the Island Voices chapter in this British Council book on innovations in English language teaching. The production standards are some way from broadcast quality, but its human qualities shine through still. It was planned, shot, edited, and scripted by the learners themselves. And now that script has been given the “Clilstore treatment” too, so you can listen and read at the same time. Follow this link.
Jean-Didier Hache is a frequent traveller between Paris and Uist, having the good fortune to have a home in each location. He is also a writer and historian, among other things, and so is perfectly placed to offer Tommy Macdonald a French perspective on the Bonnie Prince Charlie story.
Early in the new year the two sat down for a dram and a brief chat, in which Jean-Didier added more biographical detail on the comings and goings of the multilingual Uibhisteach Neil MacEachan, the prince’s constant companion during his travels in Uist. We also learn more about Neil’s son, “The French MacDonald”, who rose to high rank in the French army during Napoleonic times, and about whom Jean-Didier has written this book.
Tommy and Jean-Didier spoke first in English. The conversation is split into two parts, the first dealing with the father, the second with the son.
On Neil MacEachan:
On Alexandre MacDonald:
After that Jean-Didier delivered a précis in French, for the benefit of Francophone listeners, while adding some more detail on specific events and sites in France that relate to the tale.
The developing An Radio website took another step forward yesterday with the launch of its “On Demand Audio” section. You’ll find it just below the An Radio Player, and just above the link to Island Voices. If you click on the dropdown menu in the sidebar you’ll find a choice of very interesting and informative interviews with local people about local venues and events.
Of course, at this stage of An Radio’s development these are just examples of the kind of thing that the station, as a genuine community enterprise, aims to develop and expand upon. Its success will be crucially dependent on active input from as many people as possible, and the door is always open to more volunteers!
Among the interviews available “On Demand” are two clips from Gordon Wells, Island Voices Co-ordinator.
Gordon talks in English and Gaelic about what this project aims to do, and what it might have to offer to anyone who may be feeling tempted to get involved with An Radio, but perhaps feels they could use some extra help to get started. As Island Voices followers will know, the project has already been helping community members to contribute to the online Guthan/Voices page of Am Pàipear. Nearly fifty separate items have been published there in the last couple of years. Now An Radio is offering a great new opportunity to develop more community voices in an exciting new medium!
You can hear what Gordon has to say here.
In his ongoing series of stories and conversations about Bonnie Prince Charlie Tommy Macdonald sat down with Paul Mc Callum from North Glendale in South Uist recently, for a yarn or two and a song.
The prime focus of attention was on Macdonald of Boisdale – “Alasdair Mòr nam Mart” – held to have given honest advice to the Prince, but whose own reputation was not high amongst local people.
Paul explains why in English here, and goes on to discuss different poetical accounts of the times and how some might be more reliable than others.
Conversation in English:
Cluinnear an dithis a’ deasbad an seo sa Ghàidhlig, ach le sgeul no dhà a bharrachd air an cur ris na chualas sa Bheurla.
Còmhradh sa Ghàidhlig:
Paul has a fund of local tales, but is probably even better known as a singer of remarkable talent. Underlining his own feelings on the events in question, the session finished with this beautiful rendition of Mo Rùn Geal Òg, attributed to Christina Chisholm, widowed at Culloden.
“Whether it be a drama, documentary or even a music video, we want to see films by community groups which give insight into that community and/or explore themes important to it. Why not document a project or event that is taking place in your community? And, in communities everywhere there are significant people that have great stories to tell.”
“We are looking for 3-5 minute films that are original, entertaining and watchable. Don’t worry too much about production values as long as there is a steady picture and good quality sound. That’s all we’re looking for in this category.”
If any Uibhistich are interested in making a film for the community category, but feel they would like some support, they are welcome to get in touch with us here at Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices to see how we might help. Call or text Gordon Wells on 07879 644984.
The new Uist community radio station “An Radio” took a major step forward over the weekend when it started broadcasting online. Just go to their website at www.anradio.info and then click on the “An Radio Player” icon. It’s still early days for the station, but you’ll find plenty of music, interspersed with samples of local features and interviews. An Radio has already started recruiting volunteers to get involved in the project. If you’re interested you can get in touch through the website.
Clearly, there are and will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in making it a genuine community venture, and maximising local content. Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean can help too! You will already hear some examples from our archive on the An Radio playlists, and we stand ready to assist anyone who wants to “dip their toe in the water”…. Good luck!
Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean was born out of the original POOLS project – and the outward-looking European relationship continues… Gordon Wells has recently returned from Brussels where he was chairing the first meeting of “POOLS-3″ in which new partners will be transferring POOLS innovations to the Catalan, Czech, and Irish languages. Do you want to see speakers of Czech and Catalan talking Irish? Watch this video…
Originally posted on POOLS - 3:
Are you a language teacher interested in using the modern technology as a tool of language learning? Does lack of support and knowledge prevent you from meaningful use of ICT in class? Do you know what CLIL and CALL stand for? Are you familiar with „Task-based learning“?
Nowadays, there is a large number of teachers who want to use innovative methods. However, they lack information and effective tools which would help them to implement ICT and the digital video. The POOLS project addressed these needs by creating materials and tools for Computer Assisted Language Learning method.
POOLS-3 is a Transfer of innovation project based on the original POOLS project funded with support from the European Commission. It will adapt and translate the POOLS guides and manuals, produce digital video material for use of ICT in language learning in three new languages. It will also run teacher training courses on innovative methods.
Island Voices activist Mary Morrison was busy in Balivanich School before the summer. Under her guidance, and with the support of Cothrom Family Learning, a group of eager young storytellers put together a fantastic new interpretation of Eric Carle’s well-known and well-loved tale of “The Very Busy Spider” – complete with glove puppets, illustrative booklets, and this amazing video.
Parents and other helpers also played their part in a truly creative and collaborative venture. Well done all!
This video now joins others in the Island Voices “Pot Luck” playlist. Take a look and see what other treats lie there…