Lainnir a' Bhauirn: The Gleaming Water : Essays on Modern Gaelic Literature

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Contemporary Gaelic fiction:
development, challenge and opportunity

John Storey1

A good read’, thuirt an duine foghlamaichte. Dh’fheuch
mi ri leughadh agus theab mi toirt suas an deò.
Tormod Caimbeul, An Druim Bho Thuath (2011), p. 109

The insecurities go round and round the boardroom table, turning
ad writers, art directors and CEOs into turbo-powered teenagers,
circling in front of their bedroom mirrors trying to look blasé. Do the
kids think we’re cool? they want to know. Are we trying too hard to be
cool, or are we really cool? Do we have attitude? The right attitude?
Naomi Klein, No Logo (2010), p. 69

What are the issues facing Gaelic fiction in the early twenty-first century? What have been the achievements so far? One initiative is Ùr-Sgeul. This paper identifies development, challenge and opportunity since the establishment of the project in 2003.


Development

The Gaelic Books Council devised and established Ùr-Sgeul as a response to the relative lack of published fiction in Gaelic. There was a need to provide Gaelic fiction authors with greater opportunity for publication and promotion. A more effective approach was required with regard to production, design and marketing. The status of Gaelic fiction needed to be radically improved.

1 The views expressed here are those of the writer alone, and do not necessarily correspond with those of the Gaelic Books Council.

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