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Norman Maclean: BBC Tribute

12/10/2017 Leave a comment

If you didn’t catch the broadcast on BBC Alba, here’s a link to their programme on Norman on the iPlayer. 28 days left to watch!

“Tormod – Na Bheachd Fhèin/Norman – In His Own Words”

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Categories: Community, Video

Dìleab Thormoid

18/09/2017 Leave a comment

Tha beagan ùine air a dhol seachad a-nis on a chaochail Tormod MacGill-Eain (31/08/17) aig aois 80 bliadhna. Agus chaidh tòrr a sgrìobhadh ma dheidhinn mar-thà, ann am pàipearan naidheachd is eile, far an deach a mholadh gu mòr:

The Times (Peter Ross)
The Herald (Phil Davison)
The West Highland Free Press (Angus Peter Campbell)
Bella Caledonia (Jamie Chambers)
The Scotsman (John MacLeod)

Mar a thuirt sinn air Facebook agus Twitter aig an àm, chan eil na faclan againne airson rud nas brìoghmhor na na chaidh a sgrìobhadh shuas a ràdh mun duine fhèin. Ach ’s e rud mòr mòr a rinn Tormod airson Guthan nan Eilean thairis air na bliadhnaichean, agus tha còir againn an dìleab a dh’fhàg e dhuinn a chomharrachadh le taing agus meas mòr.

’S ann ann an 2010, beagan as dèidh dha thilleadh a dh’Uibhist, a thàinig sinn tarsainn air Tormod an toiseach, fhad ’s a bha sinn a’ dèanamh filmichean mu dheidhinn Pàipear Uibhist ann an Dalabrog airson Series 2 Enterpise cuide ri Eairdsidh MacAoidh a bha na neach-deasachaidh aig an àm. Mar a thionndaidh gnothaichean a-mach ghabh e pàirt mhòr sna filmichean aithriseach (Gàidhlig agus Beurla), ach a bharrachd air an sin thug e dà agallamh dhuinn agus dà phìos “to camera” air a thoil fhèin, agus iad sin san stoidhle shònraichte aige ann an guth soilleir làidir. Abair toradh dhuinne agus dhan obair a bha sinn a’ dèanamh!

Ach cha b’ e sin ach toiseach an sgeòil. Beagan bhliadhnaichean an dèidh sin, nuair a bha am pròiseact air gluasad air adhart rud beag, agus a’ feuchainn ri obair chlàraidh a bhrosnachadh sa choimhearsnachd, chaidh Màiri Mhoireasdan a thadhal air Tormod a-rithist, agus e a-nis a’ fuireach ann an Griomasaigh. Bha Màiri a’ sireadh sgeulachdan – agus sin a fhuair i gun teagamh sam bith! Nan robh i dìreach air “Àiridh na h-Aon Oidhche” a-mhàin fhaighinn ’s i a bhiodh toilichte, ach a-rithist, aon uair ’s gun robh Tormod air tòiseachadh bha e doirbh stad a chur air. Agus mar sin fhuair sinn dhachaidh le “Blàr Chàirinis” sa chamara againn cuideachd, agus an dà sgeul sin a’ nochdadh air an duilleag “Storytellers” againn fhèin, ach cuideachd an dèidh sin air an gabhail agus air an leasachadh le TRACS aig an Scottish Storytelling Centre ann an Dùn Èideann.

B’ e an ath rud a bh’ aig Màiri An Cogadh Mòr – pròiseact a rinn i le Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath. Bha pàirt aig Tormod an sin cuideachd, agus tillidh sinn thuice sin aig an deireadh. Ach an uair sin, thàinig am “Big Bang” – dà phròiseact mòr a rinn Tormod air ar son san dà bhliadhna mu dheireadh. ’S e fhèin a dh’fhaighnich an toiseach am biodh ùidh againn ann an sreath de sgeulachdan a bha e air sgrìobhadh a chlàradh. Cha b’ e ruith ach leum dhuinn gabhail ris! ’S iad sin na seachd bhideothan a nochd an toiseach mar “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” ann an 2015. Le tiotalan mar “Mìorbhailtean ann am Barraigh”, “Bodach nan Serviettes”, agus “A Bhean-uasal Nicìomhair à Cnoc an t-Soluis air a’ Bhac” tha fios agad fiù ’s mus cluinn thu iad gu bheil spòrs gu bhith agad gan èisteachd. Agus ged a bha Tormod a’ faireachdainn aois (78) a-nis, agus a’ leughadh a-mach a’ mhòr chuid dhiubh, bha stoidhle aige fhathast na dhòigh-lìbhrigidh.

Agus an uair sin, dìreach an uiridh, lean sinn “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” le “Saoghal Thormoid”, agus iad air an cur còmhla air an aon duilleag “Norman Maclean”. ’S e a th’ ann an “Saoghal Thormoid” ach sreath de chòmhraidhean anns an tug e dhuinn trì uairean gu leth dhen Ghàidhlig as fheàrr a chluinneas tu riamh san latha a th’ ann. Air an cur air dòigh le Soillse tha na clàraidhean sin air a dhol a-staigh dhan Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu mar-thà. Faodaidh sinn a bhith cinnteach gun cùm iad sin sgoilearan agus luchd-rannsachaidh chànanachais trang gu leòr sna bliadhnaichean ri teachd! Ach chan ann a-mhàin airson na Gàidhlig aige, ach cuideachd na beachdan agus na cuimhneachan aige air beatha nan Gàidheal an dà chuid ann an Glaschu agus sna h-Eileanan. Mar a thuirt Àrd-Ollamh Conchúr Ó Giollagáin an seo, “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.”

Agus chan eil teagamh ach gun tug an obair sin buaidh shònraichte air Gordon Wells, a rinn na clàraidhean. Mar a thuirt e ann an àite eile, “There’s plenty of laughter and entertainment along the way, of course, but it’s well worth listening to Norman for many other reasons than that: vividly recalled childhood memories of mid-Twentieth Century Glasgow and the Hebrides; open introspection on the community relations issues of those days, and their lingering effects; wide-ranging discussion of creative influences in music, literature, and popular entertainment; all brought right up to date with acute, and sometimes cutting, commentary on current affairs, but topped off with a generous commitment to the continued sharing of cultural gems. And all in language that I, as my mother’s son, can only describe as beautiful.” Nach e a bha fortanach gun d’ fhuair e an cothrom na clàraidhean seo a dhèanamh!

San dealachadh, measg nam molaidhean às gach ceàrn a th’ air tighinn troimhe mu dheidhinn Tormod, gu h-àraid air na bliadhnaichean mu dheireadh aige air ais ann an Uibhist, ’s iomadh duine a th’ air iomradh a thoirt air cho deidheil ’s a bha e air cuideachadh a thoirt don òigridh sna h-eileanan a bha a’ feuchainn ri grèim a chumail air ceòl agus cultar na Gàidhlig. Bha sin cho soilleir ’s a ghabhas san fhilm eile seo a rinn e airson Guthan nan Eilean, san t-sreath “The Great War” a chuir Màiri Mhoireasdan ri chèile. Sgrìobh e na rannan seo gu sònraichte airson na cloinne aig Sgoil Chàirinis (an sgoil dhan deach a mhàthar, agus i air a h-athair fhèin a chall sa chogadh). Tha teachdaireachd shònraichte aige dhaibh, agus chìthear gu soilleir cho mòr ’s a bha e a’ còrdadh ris a bhith ga lìbhrigeadh – agus, gun teagamh, mar a chord e riuthasan a bhith ga èisteachd. Abair dìleab!

Tha ar co-fhaireachdainnean a’ dol dhan teaghlach aige, agus dhan h-uile duine a bha dlùth ris, no a choimhead às a dhèidh sna bliadhnaichean mu dheireadh. Agus tha sinn gu sònraichte an comain Peigi is Mike Townsend a chuidich sinn le bhith a’ cur na clàraidhean mu dheireadh air dòigh, a bharrachd air a h-uile rud eile a rinn iad airson Tormod. ’S cinnteach nach bi a leithid ann a-rithist, ach tha sinn cho taingeil aig Guthan nan Eilean gun robh e cho deònach ar cuideachadh. Ged a bhios e fhèin agus an cànan aige bhuainn a-nis, ’s e a thug eisimpleir dhuinn. Tha cothrom agus còir againn an eisimpleir sin a leantail. Fois shìorraidh dha anam.

Categories: CALL, Community, Research, UGC, Video

Scots First: Kist o Riches

12/08/2017 1 comment

Alistair Heather is the first to take up the latest “Sharing Gaelic Voices” challenge, as Scots becomes the ninth addition to our “Mother Tongues and Other Tongues” collection of languages!

It started with a recent post to the Scots Language Forum on Facebook to see what interest there might be in recording Scots voiceovers to Island Voices documentaries. Alistair was the first to respond, and chose to rescript (and update) the popular clip about Tobar an Dualchais.

As usual, we’ve also created a Clilstore unit (5904) to accompany the video, so you can check any unknown Scots words in an online dictionary.

While this is our first video in Scots, if the interest shown on Facebook is anything to go by, it certainly won’t be our last. Many thanks to Alistair for starting the ball rolling. Watch this space!

Alistair Heather is the Scots Editor at Bella Caledonia.

Originally fae a wee village in Angus he’s bade aa owre, fae Burgheid tae Leith, ayewis wi his lugs tuned in tae the Scots tongues aroon aboot him.

He’s in his final year o an MA in History at Aiberdeen Uni.

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Mother Tongues and Other Tongues

11/07/2017 1 comment

From the beginning Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices has been a “more than monolingual” project. In the early days the balance between English and Gaelic video production was deliberately kept strictly equal in terms of numbers. Naturally enough, that approach would not necessarily protect the project from criticism from either side of any partisan argument which presented language competence (or language resourcing) from a “zero-sum” perspective, in which anything that “Paul” may gain must be marked down as a loss for “Peter”. But that was neither our philosophy nor experience. We found technical “economies of scale” in putting together single picture sequences which could be used interchangeably between the two languages. Also, and perhaps more significantly from a language support point of view, in circumstances where contributors might be underconfident in speaking on camera in one of their languages, it was often the case that a run-through first in the other might be all the encouragement they needed to then repeat the exercise in their supposedly “weaker” tongue.

In later years, as community members and groups began to engage more proactively with the project and with less of a need for “prompting”, the division between English and Gaelic materials (audio and video) undoubtedly swung over markedly to the Gaelic side. In a context of creeping English language dominance in all aspects of community life, this may be viewed as an entirely understandable and justified attempt, by those with a local interest in “mother tongue maintenance”, at some kind of counterbalancing support for the “weakening” language.

All the while, the research/reports page has been accumulating a series of reports and articles that document the developing context in which the project has been operating, and/or describe how the project has responded to that context. The term “bilingualism” can cover many different meanings, and certainly deserves close interrogation whenever it is invoked in support of particular social approaches or policy proposals to do with language use or learning. That being said, this project has consistently maintained a positive stance on the potential benefits of engaging with more than one language. The 2012 British Council book chapter (p153) and 2016 Language Issues article, in particular, explore the development of this approach over the duration of the project in some detail.

In the broadest terms it means recognising the interrelatedness and interdependence of seemingly separate languages and communities, and seeking judiciously to strengthen or exploit these for mutual benefit. It is in this context that the “Sharing Gaelic Voices” theme has emerged over the past year or so, to the extent that a new page for “Other Tongues” has now been created on this site, where our videos in languages other than English and Gaelic, voiced by contributors near and far, are gathered in one place. No doubt, there are powerful forces at work and complex issues at stake wherever languages are in contact, and the production of a few extra videos may have little material impact of itself on a tangled web of interlocking competences, loyalties, and social and economic pressures. But even if we are just reminded for a moment that one person’s “mother tongue” will be somebody else’s “other tongue”, and vice-versa, then we may be contributing in some way to the development of a more open mindset and a willingness to question previously narrower, maybe even “monolingual”, lines of thinking, whether that be at policy-making or community level, or indeed within ourselves.

Worthwhile activity, then. But also fun! Any other budding voiceover artists out there?

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Taith drwy’r Aeleg

01/07/2017 Leave a comment


Prosiect ‘Lleisiau’r Ynysoedd’ (Guthan nan Eilean) yn ymweld ag Iwerddon. Ffilm ddogfen gyda sylwebaeth yn Gymraeg. Gellir clywed rhai sgyrsiau Gwyddeleg a Gaeleg yr Alban gydag isdeitlau yn y ddwy iaith.

Cuairt Ghàidhealach ann an Cuimris a-nis. Tha an ùidh anns na tha sinn a’ dèanamh an seo a’ fàs…

Sharing Gaelic Voices again – this time in the Welsh language. For the full wordlinked transcript check this unit (5834) on Clilstore. Many thanks to Richard Glyn Roberts for the translation and voiceover! The Gaelic Journey is the gift that keeps on giving…

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Dance in the Car Park

06/05/2017 Leave a comment

There was a warm welcome back to Uist for Will Lamb and Naomi Harvey this weekend, when they led a “Danns’ ri Puirt” workshop at Talla Chàirinis in North Uist – so warm, in fact, that they held it in the car park rather than inside the hall! It was part of the Ceòlas annual Òran ’s Fonn song festival, which stretches over three days.

In this clip Will and Naomi talk, in Gaelic and English, about their research collaboration, and how they’re seeking to put it to practical effect, by actually trying out putting singing and dancing together. You can also get a taste of the workshop itself, as Liam Alastair Crouse, from Ceòlas, and visiting students on the Gaelic Immersion for Teachers course at the University of Strathclyde willingly put theory to test…

Categories: Classes, Community, Research, Video

Jurnaa Gaelagh

01/05/2017 9 comments

We’re “sharing Gaelic voices” again, this time quite literally!

Thanks to Culture Vannin and the fine narrative tones of James Harrison, Guthan nan Eilean now offers you the previously missing Manx version of “A Gaelic Journey – from Benbecula to Ranafast”, the story of a Hebridean trip to Donegal with Archie and Neil Campbell, focussed on capturing Gaelic voices. (We already have versions in other languages on our Gaelic Journeys page.)

This one short 10-minute film gives you the opportunity to hear all three Gaelics, as they are spoken now in the twenty-first century. The narration is in Manx, but there are also conversations in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic with onscreen dual language subtitling in Manx and Irish or Scottish Gaelic. You can also access the full transcript on Clilstore (with online dictionary linkage) in this unit – http://multidict.net/cs/5562.

Enjoy this pan-Gaelic production, propitiously launched on Latha Buidhe Bealltainn!

(And if that’s whetted your appetite for multilingualism, try the same film here again – in Basque!)

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video
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