Gaelic Guerilla: The Achievement of John Angus Mackay

Wednesday 20 November | 20-21:30

Stornoway Adults Panel Event / Author Reading

Free (unticketed)

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

01851 708 481

Join us for this celebration of the remarkable achievements of John Angus Mackay, as chronicled by Roy Pedersen in his book Gaelic Guerilla.

A gifted teacher, among other things, John Angus was pivotal in the development of community co-operatives in his native Lewis, the Crofters' Union, Comunn na Gaidhlig, Bord na Gaidhlig, An Lanntair multi-arts venue and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Yet his crowning achievement, with a small group of others, is the establishment against the odds of a bespoke Gaelic television channel. BBC Alba now attracts viewing figures in excess of the total number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland and the Gaelic language and culture has been resuscitated, re-established and has a prominent role in the life of the nation. Most notably, the number of young Gaelic speakers is increasing.

This event is a reminder of the campaigns John Angus spearheaded, the challenges he faced and why his achievement must not be taken for granted.

The event is in English but will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with local history, Gaelic and Scottish culture and politics.

Finish time will depend on level of audience interaction and debate.

Venue information

An Lanntair

Kenneth Street


The venue is a 200-seat auditorium with access for people with disabilities. Adjacent and nearby parking facilities.

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