Distinguished Storyteller Event - A' toirt urram do dh'Eachunn, Seanchaidh nan Gaidheal
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Isle of Story Festival 2019 kicks off with an event to honour Gaelic storyteller, Hector MacNeil, this year's Distinguished Storyteller. Hector has been sharing Gaelic stories and culture for many years, helping to keep the language vibrant and the stories alive in Cape Breton. The afternoon will include tributes, stories and a few Gaelic sngs.
All are welcome!
BIO: Hector MacNeil was born and raised in Portage, a rural community west of Sydney. Hector worked throughout his professional life as a teacher in Gaelic language, song and story and as an advocate for Gaelic in Nova Scotia. He has taught at Colaisde Na Gaidhlig (The Gaelic College), Cape Breton University and in public schools and community halls in Cape Breton. Over the years, he has held various offices within Gaelic cultural organizations in Nova Scotia. Hector was elected the founding president of Comhairle Na Gaidhlig, Alba Nuadh (The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia) and founding chairman of Comunn Feis An Eilein, in Christmas Island. He has served as Board Member for Celtic Colours International Society and on the Board of Trustees, Baile Nan Gaidheal (The Highland Village). Park of Hector's work has involved recording stories, songs and local history from Gaelic tradition bearers in Cape Breton. He has drawn upon this store of tradition as well as the work of others collectors to enrich his own repertoire of story and song and to bring the voices of Nova Scotia Gaels into the classroom. Hector is not a newcomer to the Isle of Story Festival, having performed during the opening session in 2017. In 2018, Hector joined invited storyteller Marta Singh to present an evening of storytelling at the Library.