Book Launch - Emily MacDonald, Biorachan Beag agus Biorachan Mór

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Join us to celebrate the launch of the new Gaelic children's book Biorachan Beag agus Biorachan Mór, a traditional Cape Breton Gaelic folktale newly illustrated by Emily MacDonald!

A socially-distanced book launch will take place in the Tuning Room at the Highland Village Museum / Baile nan Gàidheal, on Friday Sept. 25, 4-6pm. There will be a reading and book signing by the illustrator. (Copies will be available to purchase.) Masks are required for this event, thank you for your understanding.

The event is free but we ask you to register on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect for social distancing requirements: FREE REGISTRATION ON EVENTBRITE HERE   You can invite other people through the Facebook event (see below)!


Big Biorachan and Little Biorachan went out to pick nuts... but Little Biorachan wouldn’t stop eating them! Big Biorachan set out to teach his greedy friend a lesson, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences. This traditional Scottish Gaelic tale was once the most widely-known children’s story in the Gaelic world. The Gaels brought the tale with them 200 years ago from the Highlands of Scotland to Nova Scotia and passed it down in oral traditon. Gaelic illustrator Emily MacDonald’s fresh and charming illustrations accompany the traditional text, reimagining the tale in 19th-century Cape Breton. The text is entirely in Gaelic.

Chaidh Biorachan Beag is Biorachan Mór a-mach do’n choille, a bhuain chnothan… ach cha sguireadh Biorachan Beag gan ithe! Bha Biorachan Mór ag amas air leasan a theagasg dha a charaid gionach, sanntach, agus sin mar a thòisich sreath de bhuilean gun dùil. Air aon àm bha an sgeulachd air tè den fheadhainn a b’ ainmeile do chloinn air feadh na Gàidhealtachd, bho Alba gu Eilean Cheap Bhreatainn, Alba Nuadh. Rinn dealbhadair Eimilidh Dhòmhnallach dealbhan ùr, tarraingeach do theacsa traidiseanta an sgeulachd, ga shealltainn dhuinn mar a bhiodh e air tachairt air an eilean san 19mh linn.

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