- Scotland on Breton TV
Breton friends living in Scotland were interviewed this year by regional TV; the 26 minutes documentary can be seen at :
- Rob Gibson sings with Breton folk band Dremmwel at Plomelin
- July Annual General Meeting
Presided by Pierre Delignière, Brittany-Scotland association annual meeting was held under the sun of Audierne, not far from Breton land’s end, la Pointe du Raz. The assembly paid homage to Scottish story teller, Fiona MacCleod, member of the association, who died on Hogmanay eve.
The association also recalls her support to European citizens who want to live, study and work in Scotland in spite of Brexit.
Brittany-Scotland will go on giving conferences on Scotland on various subjects such as history, culture, religion, art of Scotland for the association’s 20th birthday next year, as these meetings met success in 2019. Programme will soon be online.
Thanks to our friends Rob, Andy and Malcom, Breton band Dremmwel (www.dremmwel.com)
will tour in Scotland: Gigs booked so far. Sat 11 May, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Sun 11th May, Comar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Wed 15th
May Portree, Isle of Skye and 17th May Evanton, Easter Ross with support from Feis Rois. Others to be announced. A chance for school
pupils to hear Breton music and learn some dances will be part of the offering at each venue of this long awaited Celtic Cousins Tour.
Invited by Foreign Affairs Commission of the French Parliament, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was in Paris on February 21st.
Here is the video (in French) of her speech at the Commission:
Here’s also her interview in newspaper LE MONDE (in French):
https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/02/20/nicola-sturgeon-l-ecosse-deviendra-un-pays-independant_5425596_3210.html (full access to subscribers only – a copy can be provided by the association).
- A few books we warmly recommend:
- BALTI, Béatrice. 2018. J.M. Barrie, Celui qui préférait les fées aux femmes. Paris: Editions Complicités.
- CONWAY, Andrew. 2018. How Scotland Works, A Guide for Citizens. Edinburgh: Luath Press.
- DEVINE, T. M. 2018. The Scottish Clearances, A History of the Dispossessed. London: Allen Lane.
- WATSON, Fiona with Piers DIXON. 2018. A History of Scotland’s Landscapes. Edinburgh: Historic Environment Scotland. Homage to Fiona MacLeod
- New year greetings
We are deeply grieved to announce you Fiona MacLeod’s death on 31st December 2018.
Fiona was an active member of Brittany-Scotland association, but, most of all, a very talented storyteller.
Born in Perthshire, she settled in Beuzec-Cap-Sizun, Brittany. Among her many achievements, she has published some of her tales under the title “Jack et la sorcière de mer et autres contes d'Ecosse” and recorded the album “Au pays des porteurs de kilt” edited by Oui’Dire.
Fiona was well-known all-world round as she taught the art of storytelling to many pupils and gave conferences at university level.
We met Fiona for the last time at Suguensou woods, Audierne, where she offered a wonderful evening of storytelling to a very large audience (photos underneath).
Fiona surely joined the Garden of Eden among the all the little friends of her stories.
All our thoughts go to her family and her very many friends.
Homage will be paid to Fiona on 12th January at Beuzec-Cap-Sizun. She will rest in her native country.