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Norman Maclean – if he turns up!

16/12/2016 Leave a comment

normansblogThere’s a treat in store for anyone who’s seen and liked Norman Maclean‘s work on Island Voices (or elsewhere). Norman is starting his own blog – “If he turns up” – and is inviting readers to give it a shot. It will consist of slices from his newest title, not yet published – “A Half-Breed Looks Back”.

“I’ll do this on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until I have evidence, one way or another, that there is measurable demand for my stuff. Please share with anyone who may be turned on by my ramblings about slum life in 50s Glasgow, undergraduate lowlights and a veteran entertainer’s return to the Hebrides.”

Here’s his first post – Ready, Steady, Go!

Nach sgaoil sibh an naidheachd seo, a chàirdean!

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Norman Maclean’s World in a Week

24/10/2016 Leave a comment

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On consecutive days in the last week of April Gordon Wells recorded a series of Gaelic conversations with famed writer and entertainer Norman Maclean, in which Norman spoke reflectively of his memories and impressions of Gaelic life in Glasgow and the Hebrides from the middle of the Twentieth Century up to the present day.

The five videos, ranging between 35 and 55 minutes in length, will soon be posted online starting on Monday, 7th November. Word for word transcriptions will be made available simultaneously on Clilstore, enabling instant one-click vocabulary checking for Gaelic learners*. All in all there are 27,000 words and over three and a half hours of listening material in this collection, forming a unique new resource for serious study by learners and researchers. But Norman is a master raconteur, and there are plenty songs, jokes, and stories along the way. So, while it’s certainly an education, entertainment galore is also guaranteed for the more casual listener!

Over the week the conversations ranged over a wide variety of topics. In broad terms, however, each day had a different central focus:

Monday Sinnsireachd
Tuesday Foghlam
Wednesday Coimhearsnachdan
Thursday Cruthachalachd
Friday Gàidhlig

For the latest information on the release dates for these videos you can subscribe for e-mail notifications in the side panel, or try following Island Voices on Facebook.

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which supported the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices). All recordings are free to access.

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

*Clilstore also provides links to automatic Google Translate versions via the “unit info” tab. While machine translation from Gaelic to English is still at a very rudimentary stage, these versions can give at least an impression of the gist of the conversations for those viewers who have yet to start learning the language of Eden…

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Norman Maclean

22/11/2015 Comments off

1. Saoghal Thormoid

 

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On consecutive days in the last week of April 2016 Gordon Wells recorded a series of Gaelic conversations with famed writer and entertainer Norman Maclean, in which Norman spoke reflectively of his memories and impressions of Gaelic life in Glasgow and the Hebrides from the middle of the Twentieth Century up to the present day. The five videos range between 35 and 55 minutes in length. Word for word transcriptions are also available on Clilstore, enabling instant one-click vocabulary checking for Gaelic learners.

All in all there are 27,000 words and over three and a half hours of listening material in this collection, forming a unique new resource for serious study by learners and researchers. Over the week the conversations ranged over a wide variety of topics, including potentially uncomfortable perceptions and depictions of identity. In broad terms, however, each day had a different central focus, as shown in the table below.

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean. The hyperlinks in the third column of the table will take you to relevant Island Voices pages. The WordPress post gives a one-paragraph summary of the day’s conversation, with onward links to the materials. The Clilstore link provides a full scrollable wordlinked transcript with embedded video. The YouTube link supplies the free-standing video alone without supplementary material.

A volume including synopses and all transcripts in printable format (with a foreword by Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin) is also available here.

  Topic Island Voices Links
Monday Ancestry WordPress post

Clilstore transcript

YouTube video

Tuesday Education WordPress post

Clilstore transcript

YouTube video

Wednesday Communities WordPress post

Clilstore transcript

YouTube video

Thursday Creativity WordPress post

Clilstore transcript

YouTube video

Friday Gaelic WordPress post

Clilstore transcript

YouTube video

Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership.

 

2. Sgeulachdan Thormoid

 

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This collection of six Gaelic stories (plus an introduction) was created by Norman Maclean – Tormod MacGill-Eain. The recordings were made during visits to his house by Gordon Wells in October 2015. In the “links” column you can click on “Youtube” to go directly to the recording of the appropriate story. A “Clilstore” link will take you to a wordlinked transcript. You can click on any word to take you directly to an online dictionary to find its meaning.

Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean is massively indebted to Norman, both for the recordings themselves, and for consenting to place the scripts at the project’s disposal. The copyright rests with the author.

Title Content Links
Facal-toisich Norman explains how he came to put this series together and place it online, in the context of Johannes Gutenberg and the history of publishing. YouTube

Clilstore

Mìorbhailtean ann am Barraigh Michael from Bornish, South Uist, faces a difficult situation, but is given hope of a miracle. YouTube

 

Cabhag The story of Cabhag’s canine heroics in an unsettling encounter on a misty mountainside YouTube

Clilstore

Hàllain Politics, Verbosity, Love, and Death. The romantic story of Fionnlagh Phàdruig a’ Chnuic and Peigi Iain Bhig YouTube

Clilstore

Dòmhnall Phàdraig agus Màiri Claire 40 years married “as happy as two shoes”. Màiri Claire knows how to deal with her partner’s crisis of confidence YouTube

Clilstore

Bodach nan Serviettes A grand dinner for the pensioners of Harris, with libations galore YouTube
A’ Bhean-Uasal NicÌomhair à Cnoc an t-Soluis air a’ Bhac A noble Lewis lady undertakes a long journey to Tibet for a special meeting with a special person YouTube

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Norman Maclean: Òran do Sgoilearan Chàirinis

02/10/2014 1 comment

TormodCarinishNorman Maclean’s grandfather (also Norman – Tormod Ailein) was lost at sea in the First World War, when Norman’s mother was still young.

In another contribution to the “An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach” project, Mary Morrison arranged for Norman to visit Sgoil Chàirinis, where his mother was a pupil, to recite this specially composed Gaelic song, and help the children learn to sing it.

In the video clip below Norman gives a crystal clear rendition of the words.

With his kind agreement, a written version is also made available on Clilstore so you can listen and read at the same time. Click on this link – Unit 2307 – to go to the transcription.

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Norman Maclean and Am Pàipear

19/04/2010 2 comments

Seo an treas eisimpleir de stuthan ùra airson Guthan nan Eilean. Tha an t-ùghdar Tormod MacGill-Eain a’ bruidhinn ri Eairdsidh MacAoidh a sgrìobh pìos fada mu dheidhinn sa Phàipeir.

In the piece above writer and entertainer Norman Maclean talks in Gaelic about how he came back to live in Uist. In the piece below he talks in English about creative writing, and refers to some of the issues with which he has struggled.

As with all Island Voices materials the full package will include word-for-word transcripts of all interviews, and short documentary clips in both Gaelic and English giving a plain language introduction to the full Am Pàipear story.

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Norman’s World – In Print!

13/06/2017 Leave a comment

 

For all that the Guthan nan Eilean project is about recording “Island Voices”, and so capturing and curating speech, there are those who still prefer to read – and not just online but off paper. With that in mind, the Soillse-supported “Saoghal Thormoid” series featuring Norman Maclean in conversation with Gordon Wells has now been made available in printable format.

This document, “Saoghal Thormoid – Norman Maclean: Synopses and Transcripts“, contains a verbatim written version of all the recordings in the series, and is free to download. Complementing the transcripts are the brief synopses of each day’s discussion previously published online.

What’s additionally new, however, is the Foreword by Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Director of Soillse and Gaelic Research Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, in which he maps out the significance of Norman’s lifelong contribution to Gaelic culture, and the potential for research and recovery that work of this nature embodies.

“Tormod’s life is an acknowledgement of the cultural wealth of Gaelic society, and by virtue of this archive, he represents an ambassador to its future.” Give it a read!

Categories: Community, Research

80 Years Young

26/12/2016 Leave a comment

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Ceann-bliadhna sona do Thormod an-diugh! Norman Maclean is 80 today, and still going strong. The BBC marked this milestone with a special item on the News – and we wish him well at Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean. What a contribution he’s made, and is still making! (Remember also to check his recently started blog…)

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Saoghal Thormoid: Dihaoine – Gàidhlig

11/11/2016 Leave a comment

dihaoineAir an latha mu dheireadh, thathar ag iarraidh air Tormod meòrachadh air a’ Ghàidhlig, air a’ bheachd aig daoine oirre, agus air iomairtean leasachaidh a’ chànain. Tha e ag aideachadh gu bheil dùbhlanan ann an saoghal an latha an-diugh, agus a’ beachdachadh air a’ chàirdeas iom-fhillte eadar a’ Ghàidhlig is a’ Bheurla, agus air dòighean diofraichte airson coimhead air dà-chànanas. Tha e a’ moladh nam buannachdan na chois, agus a’ toirt sùil air na cunnartan an lùib ‘ghetto Beurla’ aon-chànanach, cuideachd a’ toirt a-staigh a bheachdan fhèin air an iomairt taghaidh airson Ceann-suidhe nan Stàitean Aonaichte. Tha e a’ bruidhinn air na dùbhlanan an lùib dà-chànanachas dà-thaobhach, agus a’ toirt seachad a chomhairle fhèin air ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig agus, gu h-àraid, air suidheachadh litreachais. Aig an deireadh, tha e a’ ceangal suidheachadh a’ chànain air ais ris an dualchas às an tig e, agus a’ cur a chuid bheachdan fhèin an cèill air ciamar a tha a bhuntanas fhèin a’ daingneachadh na fèin-aithne aige, agus mar a tha e fhèin deònach agus dìoghrasach airson a chuid eòlais a thoirt do dhaoine eile.

On the last day, Norman is invited to turn his thoughts specifically to Gaelic and its place in people’s hearts and minds, and to Gaelic development efforts. Acknowledging the challenges the language faces in today’s world, he reflects on the complex interplay and relationships between Gaelic and English, and on various ways in which bilingualism can be viewed. In emphasising its benefits he counsels against the dangers of a monolingual “English ghetto”, colourfully invoking his own observations on the nomination campaign for the American presidential election. In contemplating bi-directional bilingualism he discusses the challenges of, and offers his own advice on, the learning of Gaelic and, in particular, the place of literacy. Finally, he relates the language issue back to the culture from which it springs, sharing personal thoughts on how his sense of belonging reinforces his sense of identity, and emphasising his own willingness and commitment to pass on his knowledge to others.

A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

Chan eil na beachdan aig com-pàirtichean ann an rannsachadh Shoillse a’ comharrachadh beachd oifigeil sam bith aig Soillse fhèin.
Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership. 

 

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Saoghal Thormoid: Diardaoin – Cruthachalachd

10/11/2016 Leave a comment

diardaoinThathar ag iarraidh air Tormod bruidhinn mu a chruthalachd fhèin mar thidsear, sgrìobhadair, neach-ciùil agus cleasaiche. Tha e a’ toirt iomradh air na thug buaidh air fhèin, a leithid seinneadairean sràide is Billy Connolly, agus a’ beachdachadh air na daoine is na fasanan ann an iomadh gnè ealain. Tha e cuideachd ag aithris dàn a sgrìobh e fhèin o chionn ghoirid, agus dàin eile a chòrd ris. Tha e a’ bruidhinn air mar a chuir an t-eòlas dà-chànanach aige fhèin ri a chuid obrach, agus cuideachd air a’ chleachdadh a th’ aig luchd-sgrìobhaidh dha na pàipearan a bhith a’ roinn chleasaichean a rèir seòrsa agus mar a bhithte a’ cur a chuid obrach fhèin air fhiaradh, ga shònrachadh mar ‘Gaelic comedian’.

Norman is invited to discuss his personal creativity as a teacher, writer, poet, musician, and comedian. He reflects on the varied influences of others, from backstreet singers to Billy Connolly, and discusses figures and trends in various art forms, and offers his opinions. He also recites a recently composed example of his own poetry, and other verses that have impressed him. In discussing how his bilingual background contributed to shaping his material, he also reflects on how commentators’ propensity to place performers in pigeonholing categories could result in narrow or distorting descriptions of his work, for example as a “Gaelic comedian”.

A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

Chan eil na beachdan aig com-pàirtichean ann an rannsachadh Shoillse a’ comharrachadh beachd oifigeil sam bith aig Soillse fhèin.
Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership. 
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Saoghal Thormoid: Diciadain – Coimhearsnachdan

09/11/2016 Leave a comment

diciadainTha Tormod a’ mìneachadh is a’ beachdachadh air na h-atharrachaidhean a chunnaic e fhèin air saoghal nan Gàidheal ann an Glaschu agus anns na h-Eileanan, agus a’ sònrachadh cuid de na suidheachaidhean a dh’adhbharaicheadh strì. Ged a bha eòlas air an t-saoghal air fad na bu chumhainge anns na làithean sin, an coimeas ris an tuigse a th’ aig daoine a-nis agus sinn ceangailte ann an iomadh dòigh san latha an-diugh, ‘s dòcha nach eil sinn a cheart cho ceangailte mar choimhearsnachd ‘s a bha sinn. Tha Tormod a’ bruidhinn air na Gàidheil ann an Glaschu is am beachd a bh’ aca orra fhèin, na shùilean fhèin, gun robh iad ‘s dòcha na b’ uaisle is fa leth ann an dòigh bho mhuinntir Ghlaschu, ged a chuireadh impidh orra gun togadh iad a’ Bheurla. Air an taobh eile, ged a ghabhadh cuid farmad ris na Gàidheil òga ann an cuid a dhòighean, cha robh iadsan den bharail gun robh luach ga chur sa Ghàidhlig le an co-aoisean, agus beachdan gràineil, gràin-chinnidheach ag èirigh. Agus mu dheireadh, tha Tormod a’ toirt iomradh air ciamar a bhathar a’ cleachdadh an fhacail ‘Gàidhealach’, agus e a’ sealltainn nan ceanglaichean is nan sgaraidhean, mar a bha e fhèin gam faicinn, eadar na coimhearsnachdan ann an Glaschu a thàinig bho thùs às Èirinn agus à Gàidhealtachd na h-Alba.

Norman describes and reflects upon changes he has witnessed in Gaelic community life over the years, both in Glasgow and in the Hebrides, highlighting some paradoxes and tensions. In former times geographical horizons may have been much closer in comparison with the global awareness and contacts modern connectivity enables, yet the latter may not lead to a sense of greater connectedness. He discusses how, while the Gaelic community in Glasgow may have tended to envisage itself, in his eyes, in a higher or somewhat exclusive position in relation to other Glaswegians, there was nonetheless a strongly felt imperative to acquire their language. Conversely, while young Gaels might be envied by their peers in some ways, they did not feel their language was respected by non-speakers, with apparent racial imprecations sometimes experienced. Lastly, in discussing how broadly the term “Gàidhealach” might be applied, he depicts in more detail the links and fissures, as he saw them, between Glasgow communities of Irish and Scottish Island/Highland extraction.

A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)

The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).

Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.

Chan eil na beachdan aig com-pàirtichean ann an rannsachadh Shoillse a’ comharrachadh beachd oifigeil sam bith aig Soillse fhèin.
Views expressed by participants in Soillse research do not reflect any official opinion of the Soillse partnership. 
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