DVD First for Gaelic from Ùr-Sgeul
The DVDs are aimed at a wide audience. Learners of the language, who wish to hone their listening skills, can listen to the DVD along with a copy of the book. Gaelic readers can also use the DVD as a resource when travelling, on the computer, or simply watch the video for pleasure. The success story that is Gaelic medium education is a relatively new phenomenon (the first Gaelic medium unit opened in 1985) and many older, native Gaelic speakers were denied the opportunity to hone their reading skills in school. Therefore the talking book concept will be particularly attractive to them.
Each DVD contains between 8-10 hours of audio, organised in easy to access chapters, and the videos are each between 7 - 10 minutes long. There is an easy to use menu, which is available in Gaelic or English. Day Speaketh Unto Day (Là A' Dèanamh Sgèil Do Là) is read expertly by the author himself (Angus Peter Campbell), Na Klondykers is read by experienced actor Domhnall Ruadh - Rusty Smith - and Gymnippers Diciadiadain is read jointly by David Walker and Anne Sinclair, both seasoned broadcasting professionals.
The use of DVD is a conscious attempt by Ùr-Sgeul to marry the written word with new formats, to bring Gaelic literature to a new audience. Ùr-Sgeul say they will continue to expand the development of contemporary Gaelic literature in tandem with new technology.
Coinneach Combe, a twenty-something Gaelic speaker from Glasgow, is one example of someone who didn't really read Gaelic books, but has been drawn to Gaelic literature through the DVDs.
"If you're like me you don't really think have the time to read Gaelic books, but this format was attractive. This is a good way to get into proper Gaelic literature".
In a special competition, we have three sets of the DVDs to give away - just tell us the answer to this simple question:
What is the name of Angus Peter Campbell's third Gaelic novel, published this year?
- Competition is now closed
- Add to BasketGymnippers Diciadain - - Paperback
The two main characters in this Gaelic novel meet most Wednesdays while their respective children are in the gym. Their understanding of one another's lives, and feelings for one another, slowly grow.
- Add to BasketLà A' Dèanamh Sgèil Do Là - - Paperback
It is a novel which begins in the Torrin/Elgol area of Skye in 2010, when an old man comes to the door carrying a bag of winkles on his shoulders. But is it really 2010? Perhaps it's even later...