The annual Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture will be given this year by the Deputy First Minister of the Scottish Government, John Swinney MSP.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 19th October at 3.30pm in the CnES Council Chamber, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, during Royal National Mòd week.

The topic of the lecture will be ‘The Place of Gaelic in a Modern Scotland’.

In addition to his other responsibilities, Mr Swinney has Cabinet responsibility for Gaelic policy and the lecture will be an opportunity to hear how the Deputy First Minister sees the future of the language and Gaelic-speaking communities amidst the many challenges they face. 

There will also be an opportunity to put questions to the Minister.

The prestigious annual lecture commemorates the life and work of the late Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod MBE of South Lochs, and is organised by the Islands Book Trust and Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc in conjunction with Angus Macleod’s family.

While the lecture normally takes place in Lochs, it is being moved to Stornoway this year to coincide with the Mòd.

Welcoming the announcement, Alasdair MacEachen, Chairman of the Book Trust, said:

‘It is a huge honour for us that the Deputy First Minister has agreed to give this year’s lecture, and on a subject of great interest to visitors to the Mòd as well as local people. Admission is free and we look forward to welcoming a large audience to the Council Chamber for this special event. All are most welcome to come along. Please put the date in your diary.’

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