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Gaeliar Bidaia: Benbeculatik Ranafastera

07/09/2016 Leave a comment

postcardsEskoziar Uharteetako Ahotsak Proiektuak (Guthan nan Eilean) Irlandari bisita egiten dio. Dokumentalaren moldaera hau euskaraz dago. Irlandako eta Eskoziako gaelikoz zenbait elkarrizketa ere entzun daitezke, euskarazko azpitituluekin.

Tha ùidh aig na Basgaich ann an cànan (no cànain?) nan Gàidheal! Seo film eile aig Guthan nan Eilean air a bheil tionndadh Bascais a-nis. Chaidh “Lursail alferrak” a dhèanamh mar-thà.

The Basque interest in Gaelic continues to grow – in both Irish and Scottish kinds. Here’s a new version of “A Gaelic journey” – also available on Clilstore here.

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Birlinn bilingually

05/08/2016 Leave a comment

AlanRiach1Island Voices contributor Catherine Eunson crossed paths with Professor Alan Riach at this year’s StAnza poetry festival in Saint Andrews, where Alan was giving a reading of his newly published, and highly acclaimed, English version of the classic Gaelic poem ‘Birlinn Chlann Raghnaill’ (‘The Birlinn of Clanranald’) by Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair.

In the poem the birlinn in question sets sail from Loch Eynort, South Uist.

9781902944326“How would you like to do a reading in South Uist?” said Catherine.

“Let’s do it”, said Alan.

With these difficult negotiations completed, and financial assistance from Stòras Uibhist, an attractive and bilingual evening programme of poetry and music took place at Kildonan Museum on July 19th, with Alan’s readings complemented by various contributions from local residents and other visiting musicians.

Prior to the event Alan was also able to visit the shores of Loch Eynort where he gave an appetising foretaste of the feast to come:

(Follow this link if you would like to read while you listen.)

Later, at the Kildonan evening event, Alan enlisted the help of Bill Innes. Alan read from his new English version and Bill from the original Gaelic.

The following longer clip shows the final part of the evening, as the birlinn weathers a fierce storm and safely reaches Carrickfergus.

(Follow this link if you would like to read the Gaelic verses that Bill presents.)

The readings were further enhanced with the illustrations that Alexander Moffat had provided for the book. A selection is reproduced here, with his kind permission. (Click to enlarge.)

Rowing out       The storm          Safe harbour

It’s probably not that often that South Uist plays host to an eminent professor of Scottish Literature, but as Alan pointed out at the end of the evening, its success was owed in no small part to the contributions of other performers. So thanks are also due to Anndra MacIsaac, Marion Morrison, Catherine Eunson, Fiona Mackenzie, Bill Innes, Morag Wells, Alasdair MacIntyre, Rosie Mapplebeck, and Pauline Prior-Pitt.

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Sharing Gaelic Voices

03/07/2016 Leave a comment

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The summer issue of NATECLA’s journal “Language Issues” takes a look at Community Languages, and features an article on Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices by Gordon Wells. “Sharing Gaelic Voices: Peatcutting in Polish or Surfing in Sindhi?” can be viewed as a Gaelic-focussed companion to, and update of, the 2012 project description (written from an ESOL point of view) in the British Council’s “Innovations in ELT for Migrants and Refugees”.

LangIssuesCoverProfessor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the Soillse inter-university research network, adds another perspective: “Guthan nan Eilean may also be seen as creative initial steps in an emerging agenda of documentation of natural language… The project demonstrates how the community of speakers can take a pro-active and productive role… in this vital task.”

Regular readers will have noticed that a “Peatcutting in Polish” video already exists, as an example of the potential for “re-purposing” that is among the issues discussed in the article.

Perhaps more examples will be forthcoming in the months ahead?

A copy of the article has been added to the Island Voices Research/Reports page, with the kind agreement of NATECLA.

It can also be accessed here.

Categories: CALL, Community, Research, UGC

Àiridh na h-Aon Oidhche aig TRACS is Clilstore

05/06/2016 Leave a comment

TormodAiridhBidh cuimhne aig cuid gun do chuir TRACS “Blàr Chàirinis” le Tormod MacGill-Eain air an làrach fhèin o chionn treiseag. Seo a-nis “Àiridh na h-Aon Oidhche” aca san aon stoidhle.

Tha sinn gu mòr nan comain airson na h-obrach a rinn iad air an tar-sgrìobhadh. Tha sin air a bhith na chuideachadh dhuinne ann a bhith a’ cruthachadh aonad Clilstore leis a’ bhidio. Gheibhear an seo e.

Followers of Island Voices may remember that TRACS placed Norman Maclean’s telling of the story of the Battle of Carinish on their own website not so long ago. Now here’s his “Àiridh na h-Aon Oidhche” in the same style.

We are indebted to them for the work they did on transcribing the story. That has been a great help to us in creating a Clilstore unit with the video. You can find it here.

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Kopanie torfu: Peatcutting in Polish

23/04/2016 2 comments

polishpeatKrótki film dokumentalny w języku polskim dla uczących się języka o kopaniu torfu w Uist.

Film aithriseach goirid ann am Pòlainnis airson luchd-ionnsachaidh mu dheidhinn buain na monadh ann an Uibhist.

Short Polish documentary for language learners about peatcutting in Uist.

While you watch and listen you can read a transcript with online dictionary access to every single word on this Clilstore unit

Between Series 1, Series 2, and other initiatives, Island Voices has produced 25 short documentary clips of this kind in both English and Gaelic. “A Gaelic Journey” also came out in Irish, but this is the first time we’ve produced a Polish version of one of our films.

It may not be the last, however! All we need is a translation of the script and a recorded voice. And, if we can do it in Polish, we can do it in other languages too. Interested?

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Sea Poems at Taigh Ciùil

07/02/2016 Leave a comment


There’s a packed programme at this month’s Taigh Ciùil, including the launch of the CD of Island Voices contributor Catherine Eunson’s musical collaboration with North Uist resident Pauline Prior-Pitt. Here’s a short sample.


If you can’t make it to the launch there are more details available on Catherine’s website.

Categories: Audio, Community, UGC

DIY Music Video

05/01/2016 Leave a comment

musiccourseHowmore resident Julie Lewis attended a video-making workshop at Cothrom last year, and learnt some handy new skills.

Some years previously, and shortly after it was launched, Julie was also a student on the local college music course in Benbecula – a subject area which has since gone from strength to strength, developing into a University of the Highlands and Islands degree course in Applied Music.

Here’s the video that Julie made about the course. Great work all round!


Categories: Classes, Community, UGC, Video
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