Gaelic Workshop Day

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Come to St. Ann’s for a fun-filled Saturday of learning, new opportunity, and community. We kick things off with a warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee, then head into workshops with staff in language and song. We’re thrilled to welcome guests Emily MacDonald, Heather Sparling, and Iain MacLeod for a couple of free workshops and a special book reading, and all are welcome to visit our new library space on campus which will be open throughout day. All Covid protocols will be followed so please register in advance and adhere to guidelines.

12:30pm: Registration/Welcome (Tea and Coffee)

1:00 - 2:30pm: Workshop – Beginner Gaelic with Colin MacDonald ($20)

1:00 - 2:30pm: Workshop – Intermediate Gaelic with Kenneth MacKenzie ($20)

1:00 - 2:30pm: Workshop – Gaelic Song with Connall MacKinnon ($20)

2:40pm: Reading of Biorachan Beag, Biorachan Mor by illustrator Emily MacDonald. The latest book from Bradan Press features a traditional Gaelic children's story re-imagined in a 19th century Nova Scotian setting by artist Emily MacDonald, a Gaelic speaker from Centreville, Cape Breton. Free.

3:00 - 5:00pm: Workshop - Start Writing Songs in Gaelic with Dr. Heather Sparling. In this workshop for Intermediate and Advanced Gaelic learners, Heather will introduce the basics of Gaelic poetry and lead participants through exercises to get you started on writing your own poems in the language. Free. Please pre-register, limited spaces available.

3:00 - 5:00pm: Workshop - Visual Storytelling: Writing for Film with Iain MacLeod. Filmmaker and screenwriter Iain MacLeod (Trailer Park Boys, Your Money or Your Wife, An t-Inneal Espresso) will guide participants through the process of storytelling in a visual medium. Come prepared to write! This workshop will be delivered in English. Free. Please pre-register, limited spaces available.

All Day: Library Open House and Big Book Give Away. Visit the College's new library space! Also pick up some books from our duplicates and discards pile while you're here! You never know what gems you may find! Free.

For more information, contact Gaelic Director Colin MacDonald at