Launch of Gaelic Comic

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The upper primary classes of Stirling Gaelic Medium Unit at Riverside Primary School will host the launch of the second of the Arctic Ring Comics published by Perthshire-based Gaelic publisher Dualchas na Cloinne during Book Week Scotland later this month.

The children will receive a free copy of the comic, publisher Leslie MacKenzie will talk to them about the comic, its making and its Arctic background and they will take part in a short comic making workshop to learn how to make their own comics.

Now, in the 21st century, we are coming to realise what the indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic have known for centuries - that the world of man and nature can only exist in a balance of mutual respect.

One tribe in particular, the Nivkh from Eastern Siberia, created a beautiful story that tells how the little titmouse bird was able to save the world and make it habitable for us all – humans and animals.

This story has now been published in comic form.

Animator Leslie MacKenzie collected the story while exploring Arctic myths for a Northern animation series with Finnish and Estonian partners.

Comic script-writer Rich Clements rewrote it in comic form.

Well-known writer, teacher and singer Gillebride MacMillan translated the story into Gaelic and talented artist Shona Shirley Macdonald has made the beautiful illustrations.

The Gaelic Books Council has contributed to the illustration and publishing costs.