Lives of consequence lecture will go online

Author and journalist Joni Buchanan will give this year's Angus Macleod Lecture.

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Author and journalist Joni Buchanan will give this year’s prestigious Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture in Gaelic online and on Hebridean Women: Lives of Consequence.

Drawing on her recent research, Joni will be addressing why those women, who have carried out so many crucial roles in society, only get limited mention in the vast literature out there about the Hebrides and their people, asking ‘Were their lives really of so little consequence?’

As well as challenging why their voices have been given so little expression, the lecture will also draw on individual examples of extraordinary lives to confirm the more general truth that Hebridean women, and their contribution to all aspects of life in the islands and far beyond, have earned the right to wider awareness, respect and recognition.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, this year’s lecture will be pre-recorded and made
available on YouTube and online from Thursday October 22.

It is also planned the lecture will feature in a special edition of Radio nan Gàidheal’s ‘Feasgar’ programme in which Joni Buchanan will be interviewed by Cathy MacDonald. More details of that will be announced later.

An English and Gaelic text of the lecture will also be available in booklet form by
Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc, which organises the annual lecture in partnership with e-Sgoil, CnES, the Islands Book Trust and Angus Macleod’s family.

Donnie Morrison, chairman of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc, said: ‘We are delighted Joni has agreed to give this year’s lecture on a much-neglected subject
which I am sure will be of great interest to many people. Despite the unusual circumstances caused by the pandemic, we thought it important to ensure the lecture went ahead, albeit not in front of a live audience, and we are grateful to Radio nan Gàidheal for facilitating this year’s special arrangements.’

For more about the lecture and how to access it, contact John Randall of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc at