January 30, 2018

Seanchas

‘Seanchas’ course – Second Choice

The ‘Seanchas’ course is a new Gaelic-medium course during the summer school, running during second choice and ‘Gaelic for All’ (10:45-12:30). The course will explore Gaelic ‘seanchas’ (oral lore) in its different manifestations. Members of the community will come in to speak to the class each day about a chosen subject, and students will be exposed to rich, natural Uist Gaelic, along with a unique part of Gaelic and island heritage.

Although students must be reasonably fluent to come on this course, help will be offered in terms of idiom and local dialectal features, where appropriate.

Angus John MacDonald, of Crois Moireig in North Uist, will lead the class. He has an excellent understanding of Gaelic ‘seanchas’, having grown up in a Gaelic crofting community and been involved in the recording and collecting of Gaelic oral lore, poetry and history from the end of the 1960s to the start of the 1970s.