Projects and Events

Projects and Events

Creative Connections Short Courses

Working in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Tobar an Dualchais has designed a 3-day online short course entitled ‘Creative Connections’ for people with an interest in Scotland’s unique cultural heritage.

Participants are introduced to some of the many important tradition bearers whose recordings populate the archives and are given the tools to explore the material with greater efficiency and understanding. 

The course is delivered by leading scholars and creative practitioners who have extensive experience with the material, including Dr Mairi McFadyen and Raghnaid Sandilands, who help participants explore the potential of the online resource through various lenses, including local creativity, cultural ecology and environmental awareness.

The course emphasises creative engagement. Participants are encouraged to think about their own creative responses to the material and are given the tools and inspiration required to begin exploring possibilities for their own work, whether it is a community-based project, artwork, a piece of writing, or a musical performance.

The course will run twice during the summer:

20-22 July 2021 – click here to book your space

27-29 July 2021 – click here to book your space

For more information contact Floraidh Forrest on or 01471888600.

All Good Things - ‘Song & story of the emigrant Gael' with Margaret Stewart

Renowned Gaelic singer and folklorist, Margaret Stewart, will be offering a new online course this year, examining, through their song and poetry - much of which she researched using the Tobar an Dualchais website, the history and experiences of the dispossesed and emigrant Gael.

This course consists of nine lectures over three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with three online sessions each day at 17:00 - 18:45, 19:00 - 20:30 and 21:30 - 23:00, all delivered via Zoom.  There will be an opportunity to learn some of the songs which Margaret will be highlighting in her presentations, some of which she has researched and found through the Tobar an Dualchais website.

The Gaels have been pushed and pulled towards emigration for hundreds of years and you will learn about the causes throughout the three day course. The Gaelic bards expressed their feelings, at that time, in songs of fear, loss, love and nostalgia, while also giving satirical voice to their experiences at the hands of callous factors, avaricious landlords and dishonest emigration agents. There will be a wealth of material to learn and enjoy over the three day period.

Margaret will also highlight a few local bards and songmakers from her home island of Lewis, and take you on short video tours of the areas which they refer to in their songs.

The course is suitable for both native Gaelic speakers and learners and throughout the  program you will add to your vocabulary and grammar and gather terminology relevant to the subject. Although it would help to have some knowledge of Scottish Gaelic, it is not imperative as instruction will be given in English and Gaelic.

Click here to visit the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig website an book your place.