Bella Caledonia launches Gaelic and Scots content

Team of Gaelic and Scots experts and campaigners to head up new section

THE Scottish new media website Bella Caledonia has announced that it will publish a new strand of work celebrating Gaelic and Scots language, and culture.

The content will be published in both English and Gaelic, and will explore the world of Scottish poetry, music and visual art.

Bella Caledonia editor Mike Small stated: "It's an outstanding group of people who are joining our editorial team - we are going to bring new richness and depth to Bella's cultural content and stand-up for Scottish culture.

"We have established a pool of contributors from up and down the country to create content and welcome input and submissions from others. It's time to take a far more pro-active and confident approach to defending and more importantly celebrating our cultural diversity."

Doctoral researcher in the Department of Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow Ruaridh McIver will lead the Gaelic work, alongside gaelic writer Daibhidh Rothach and Rhona Dhomhnallach, a Gaelic teacher and Gaelic arts student.

Writer, broadcaster and activist Billy Kay, Scots poet and novelist Matthew Fitt and poet author and playwright Janet Paisley will edit the Scots content.

Maciver commented: "I am delighted to be joining Bella Caledonia's editorial team. I look forward to working with Daibhidh Rothach and Rhona Dhomhnallach as one of the Gaelic commissioning editors, and to working alongside the new Scots commissioning editors.

"Bella Caledonia is synonymous with high-quality and innovative online journalism and provides an excellent platform for new writing in Gaelic, which is particularly welcome at a time when Gaelic print journalism is in decline."

Bella Caledonia's announcement coincides with the Scotsman's announcement that, after 89 years of publication, its Gaelic pages will draw to a close.

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