International writer in residence announcement

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We are thrilled to announce that Cape Bretoner Stacey MacLean is joining Islay Book Festival this year as our international writer in residence working in Scottish Gaelic.

Stacey will be working on some creative projects with our schools and will also be bringing a bit of Cape Breton flair to this year’s festival as we celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages!

Stacey is involved with various Gaelic cultural and language initiatives throughout Cape Breton Island, Canada. Coming from a Gaelic-speaking family, Stacey has been exposed to the language from a very early age and actively sought out the expertise of community tradition bearers who might share their knowledge of Gaelic language and culture with her.

Today, she spends the summer season developing and carrying out children’s programming at the living history museum Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village in Iona, Cape Breton. During the winter season, Stacey can be found working at the Beaton Institute archive at Cape Breton University improving the levels of description of items and sound recordings which pertain to Gaelic Cape Breton.

Between these jobs, she is involved in a number of socially-based learning programmes that aim at bringing youth and adults to fluency in the Gaelic language. A strong believer in the importance of cultural sustainability for rural sustainability, Stacey is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her skills and experience with another island community.

Stacey’s residency is being funded by a British Council grant.

Tachraidh na daoine far nach tachair na cnuic.”
“The people will meet where the hills will not.