Gaelic Literary Continuity in America

I’ll be presenting a talk at the First World Congress of Scottish Literatures this summer in Glasgow about the continuity of Scottish literature amongst immigrant Gaelic communities in North America. Even that first sentence may be jarring to some people given that all too often, even to the present, Gaelic is marginalised in or even excluded from…

Why I left Angular for Knockout

Or, how Steve Sanderson outdid the Google geniuses (and I’m not one given to praising anything out of Microsoft) I’ve been working in the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for over four months now, developing tools to that enable humanities scholars to produce and engage with digital resources. Our main focus is…

Gaelic Ribaldry

    I’m happy to report the release of another book on Scottish Gaelic tradition, this time of a much more jovial nature: The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic, a title suggested by my lovely wife, which I forgot to acknowledge in the book itself. (Oops… Who’s naughty now?) This is a collection of Gaelic terms,…

Highland Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War

The Wandering Scots Book Club on FaceBook (an educational project of the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations) is starting a discussion about the history of Scots in the American Revolutionary War, I thought that it might be useful to add some further resources to the discussion. Although I have already provided several important Gaelic texts about…

Whose land is it anyway?

Originally posted on The Failed Gael:
An earlier version of this article was published in the Oxford Left Review in Hilary 2014 under the headline Whose Land is it Anyway? — Radical Land Reform in Gaelic Scotland. The magazine ended up themed around Intersectionality so I’m still pretty bewildered they chose to publish my 2500 word…

Gaelic Baby Talk – 1

Our home is one of the very few in the US in which Scottish Gaelic is being spoken to a child. Having learnt this wonderful language in Scotland as an adult, and expanded my vocabulary somewhat while living in Nova Scotia, teaching it to a child and using it in informal, daily settings is a…