Talk

Joint ticket for author event Ruairidh MacIlleathain and film Dùthchas

Nairn Community & Arts Centre,
2 Sep – 2 Sep

Author event: Ruairidh MacIlleathain (Roddy Maclean)
11.15am

Ruairidh is a broadcaster, writer, educator and storyteller, based in Inverness, and working mostly in Gaelic. This year he launched his second Gaelic novel for adults Tàcharan Mhealbhaigh (‘The Changeling of Melvay’). Set on a fictional island off the West Highland coast, the story is
one of intrigue and political extremism in which a Gaelic-speaking island community is forced to confront the evils of Nazism following the island’s purchase in the 1930s. 

The ‘tàcharan’ of the title is a child born on Melvay of uncertain parenthood who becomes a pawn in an international and deadly chess-game that haunts the island during the Second World War and its aftermath Ruairidh’s first full-length novel – Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig ‘The
Five Leaves of the Shamrock’ won the Donald Meek Award and was short-listed for the Saltire Society Awards (2019).

In a bilingual Q&A session, Ruairidh will speak about his latest novel, and about the challenges and joys of writing fictional narratives for adults in Gaelic.  

Film: Dùthchas | Home
12.15 pm

A touching cinematic exploration of what it meant (and still means) to people who had to leave Berneray, the Hebridean island of their birth,
to get an education, work, and live. This new documentary explores the effect this movement, especially of women, had on the Gaelic language and culture of the island. Previously unseen colour archive film of everyday island life in the ‘60s and ‘70s is woven with the words of
today’s islanders and descendants and complimented by a soundtrack drawing on the rich traditions of Gaelic song.

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