Gaelic Literary Criticism

I’ve been working on an extensive anthology of Canadian Scottish Gaelic literature for over five years – ever since I taught a course on the topic and realized that there is no suitable textbook – and my original intention was for all of the text to be in Gaelic: the primary texts, the contextual information,…

The Earliest Gaelic Dances

What kinds of dance did Gaels do before the European dance trends of the Renaissance (and later) came to Ireland and Scotland? It was only then that the jigs, reels, and so on, now considered “traditional,” came into being. Is there any evidence about what bodily movement they did to music, when, why and by whom? How…

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…