A Waxing Moon: The Modern Gaelic Revival

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Descriptions : Thirty years ago the Gaelic language and culture which had been eminent in Scotland for years seemed to be in the final stages of a year terminal decline The number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland had fallen tenfold over the previous century The language itself was commonplace only in the scattered communities of the north west Highlands and Hebrides By the early years of the st century however a sea change had taken place Gaelic for so long a subject of mockery and hostility had become what some termed fashionable Gaelic speaking jobs were available Gaelic medium education was established in many areas and politicians and business people saw benefits in acting as friends of the culture While the numbers of Gaelic speakers continued to fall as older people passed away the decline was slowed and for the first time in years the percentage of young people using the language began to rise proportionately What had happened was a kind of renaissance a Gaelic revival that manifested itself in popular music literature artoetryublishing drama radio and television It was a phenomenon as obvious as it was unexpected And at the heart of that movement lay education A Gaelic Modern History will tell the story of one institution Sabhal Mor Ostaig the Gaelic College in Skye that has stood at the centre of this revival But chiefly the book will examine how a venerable culture was given hope for the future at the point when all seemed lost It recounts the scores of personalities from Sorley Maclean and Runrig to Michael Forsyth and Gordon Brown who have become involved in that process

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