Island Voices Project

About the Island Voices project content

About the Island Voices project

Th project remains work in progress, and the homepage blog continues to record ongoing activity in the community that relates to the language work presented in the core videos, and adds to it.

The project is bilingual and aims to collect slices of life and work in the Hebrides, primarily for language learners. The work is islands-based, and has included provision for training for tutors and others, with a view to encouraging further community-based recording.

The project has been a partnership between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and  Cothrom, working with various other community groups, including Am Pàipear. You are invited to browse through past posts to learn about the history of the project, and see examples of more work by learners and other community members. Clicking on the boxes below will take you to a summary of each persons stories with links to the accompanying videos. 

Norman Maclean

Norman Maclean

On consecutive days in the last week of April 2016 Gordon Wells recorded a series of Gaelic conversations with famed writer and entertainer Norman Maclean, in which Norman spoke reflectively of his memories and impressions of Gaelic life in Glasgow and the Hebrides from the middle of the Twentieth Century up to the present day.

Magaidh Smith

Magaidh Smith

Magaidh Smith’s recordings of traditional stories and local Lewis dramas. They include Deer hunting at Loch Langabhat, A love story from Mealista men who went to gather a cargo of wood for roof timbers, an account of a fight in Wick Harbour from 1870 involving men from Lochs.