The recording of this year’s much-anticipated Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture, given in Gaelic by Dr Joni Buchanan of Uig, Lewis, on the subject of ‘Hebridean Women – Lives of Consequence’, will be made available over the internet, with English subtitles, on Thursday 22nd October on Pairc Historical Society’s Facebook page and their YouTube channel, it was announced recently.
The full link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6x1XE1ZvQh07R42TGdkcA
An illustrated booklet containing a written version of the lecture in both Gaelic and English will also be published by Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc on the same date.
Drawing on Joni’s recent research and a book she is writing on the subject, the lecture will address a glaring gap in the vast literature about the Hebrides and their people - the limited extent to which women feature in most accounts of these islands. She will challenge the perception that women have played only a minor role in island history and address some of the reasons for this misconception.
Donnie Morrison, chairman of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc, who organise the annual lecture in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar e-sgoil and Multi-Media Unit, the Islands Book Trust and Angus Macleod’s family, said: ‘I am sure the subject of this year’s lecture will be of great interest to many people. We are most grateful to BBC Radio nan Gàidheal for recording the lecture so that, despite the coronavirus restrictions, it can be accessed widely without a physical meeting’.
There will also be a special edition of BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s ‘Feasgar’ programme on Thursday 29th October starting at 12.30pm in which Cathy MacDonald will be discussing influential female figures with Joni and others, who will reflect on some Highland women who have influenced and impressed them or had an impact on their personal lives.
Joni Buchanan is a native of Uig in Lewis. She was educated at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and is an Honours Graduate in Economic History from Strathclyde University. More recently, Joni became a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Geography through the University of Aberdeen and the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her doctoral thesis was a detailed study of the transition of Uig from “Gaidhealtachd Community to Shared Space” over the post-war years. With a continuing commitment to the story of her own island, language and culture, she provided the historical research for the “As an Fhearann” exhibition and publication; wrote “The Lewis Land Struggle; and is currently completing a book on Island Women/Mnathan nan Eilean. Dr Buchanan lives in her native village of Mangersta, Uig.