Book celebrating Gaelic theatre awarded prestigious prize

Book celebrating Gaelic theatre awarded prestigious prize

A book by an BG真人 academic highlighting the important but often overlooked role of Gaelic theatre has been awarded a prestigious literary prize.

米歇尔·麦克劳德教授’s work, ‘A Century of Gaelic Drama’, won the Donald Meek Prize for Nonfiction at the Gaelic 文学 Awards.

Scottish Gaelic literature throughout its history has been dominated by verse to an unusual extent and the role of other forms of writing, particularly that for the theatre, 常常被忽视.

Professor Macleod’s book sets out the importance of drama in Gaelic, which began to thrive in the twentieth century, and the important role it can play in breaking down barriers to touch people across linguistic and cultural divides.

‘A Century of Gaelic Drama’ brings together eight Gaelic plays from the start of the twentieth century to the present day.

Professor Macleod said: “The aim of the book was not only to highlight the important history of Gaelic theatre but to make it more accessible to non-Gaelic speakers as well. That’s why English translations have been included for each of the plays featured.

“Playwrights in Gaelic theatre make a really important contribution to the genre and their skill and commitment to their art deserves much wider recognition.

“I hope that ‘A Century of Gaelic Drama’ can further knowledge and understanding of Gaelic theatre for speakers and non-speakers alike and I am delighted that it has been recognised with the Donald Meek Prize.”

教授克里斯•柯林斯, Head of School the School of Language, 文学, Music and Visual Culture at the BG真人 added: “Theatre brings people together to celebrate creativity and encourages us to contemplate a world beyond our own. 

作为一个不说盖尔语的人, it is wonderful to be able to access these wonderful plays and to understand a little more about Gaelic life and culture.

“As a University we are committed to supporting the promotion of Gaelic and we are pleased to see the important contribution of Professor Macleod’s work celebrated through this award.”