Gael Power

By Mike Small Scotland is a multicultural country where at least 160 languages are spoken. That gaelic should be one of them seems to irritate people at some deep level and they’re getting angrier about it every day. The week… Read More ›

Taigh Tasgaidh Mara na h-Alba

Anns an dàrna alt san t-sreath Gàidhlig againn, tha Daibhidh Rothach a’ toirt sùil air Taigh Tasgaidh Mara na h-Alba agus ath-bheothachadh seann ghnìomhachais san sgìre timcheall air.   Aig deireadh nan seasgadan, chaidh Irbhinn a stèidheachadh mar bhaile-ùir, am… Read More ›

The Assurance of Self

Thig toradh aobhneis tron fhèin-mhisneachd seo – ge bith a bhlas a bhi Gàidhlig, Doric, Weigie, Glaschu na h-Èireann, Gallach, Sealltainneach – toradh ealain gu cinnteach mar a tha buailteach tachairt ann an dùthaich ùr (!) a’ tighinn gu bith agus a’ dearbhadh àite san t-saoghal mhòr a-muigh.

Language and Largs

When a languages dies, it is gone forever, only the whistle of the wind through grass, the gurgle of the moor burn at night, left to answer its ghost. While the tongues of the Pirahã and Cherokee are of equal value in the mesmerising tapestry of world culture and language, only Scotland can save Gaelic…


By Mike Small What is Struileag? It’s a good question to kick-off discussion with Jim Sutherland, the giant and genial bubbling hulk behind the project as we meet in a cafe in Edinburgh to try and figure it out. ‘It’s… Read More ›

Gaelic Media Facts

By Arthur Cormack Amazing the value for money in Gaelic broadcasting. It survives on small budgets and punches way above its weight. The BBC invests £4.9m in BBC Alba which achieves a 15.9% reach and 1hr 53mins average viewing time… Read More ›

Lost in Translation

Dr Wilson McLeod scrutinises the place of the Gaelic language in the independence debate and criticises the Scottish Government’s ‘illogical’ decision not to issue a bilingual ballot paper in the referendum. It is a commonplace that language plays only a… Read More ›

Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach

by Paul F Cockburn During the last few decades the global success of “tartan noir” has overshadowed the significant contribution made by Scotland’s writers to the weird and fantastique. Except possibly for Iain M Banks, the country’s current set of… Read More ›

Gaelic Language Matters

Wilson McLeod writes: The Gaelic digital service BBC Alba has been broadcasting for more than eighteen months now, but is still struggling to find its feet. In many ways, the situation of BBC Alba ­ under-funded, long delayed and deliberately marginalised… Read More ›