Patsi Mackenzie began her career at BBC Radio nan Gàidheal after she left school. She has worked in a freelance capacity for STV, the BBC and independent companies as a producer, presenter, writer and latterly executive producer. She established Sorbier Productions in 2005. The company works from Glasgow and Edinburgh, specialising in factual and drama for TV, and also produces the popular live BBC Radio nan Gàidheal strand, Mac ’Ille Mhìcheil. Sorbier has secured seven BAFTA Scotland and Celtic Media Festival nominations over recent years. A former reporter and newsreader, Patsi still enjoys occasional radio presenting and on-screen work. As a producer, she enjoys working with like-minded directors and editors, interested in strong storytelling. She is also a regular guest lecturer for Cùrsa nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig at the national Gaelic college Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.
Alison Lang is an author, dramatist and editor. A graduate of the Glasgow Caledonian University MA programme in TV Fiction Writing, her work has been produced by Pròiseact nan Ealan, Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland, and her Gaelic adaptations of the Katie Morag TV series continue to air on BBC ALBA. She has worked for MG ALBA, as an official reporter at the Scottish Parliament, and as Literary Assistant at the National Theatre of Scotland. Her novels have been published by Clàr and Acair and by Sandstone Press. She is currently Director of the Gaelic Books Council.
MICHAEL JOHN O' NEILL
Michael John O’Neill is Artistic Producer for the Tron Theatre. In this role, Michael has expanded the theatre’s artistic development strategy into a core activity termed Tron Theatre CREATIVE, managing a network of residencies, awards and platform opportunities that support artists to make the best use of the venue to signal boost their work and practice. Michael’s other responsibilities at the Tron include working with the Artistic Director on the in-house and visiting programme, exploring and negotiating new creative partnerships, and line-producing select Tron Theatre Company productions. As a Glasgow-based producer, Michael has worked with companies including National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway, The Arches, Blood of the Young, Little King, Bijli and SUPERFAN.
DR SÌM INNES
Dr Sìm Innes has been a lecturer in Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow since 2013. Prior to that he worked at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and Harvard University in the United States. He teaches and researches Gaelic literature and has a great interest in Gaelic drama and its history. He wrote on Macbeth and other plays translated into Gaelic (Scottish Language 2014 ; International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen2016). In 2018 he has been researching Gaelic plays written for children at the turn of the twentieth century.
Mairi Taylor began her arts and equalities career after her masters degree in 2003. Since then she has worked across Scotland, the UK and internationally. Mairi has experience as a producer, project manager, consultant, trainer and artist. From 2010 - 2016 she was director of flip – Disability Equality in the Arts with Robert Gale. She is currently Executive Producer at Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. Mairi believes that building relationships – whether with audiences, partners or collaborators – brings about real change through increased confidence and understanding and is interested in the parallels between the disabled and the Gaelic arts sectors. Mairi has a BFA MA Hons Oxon from the Ruskin (1999) and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone (2003). She is learning Gaelic (slowly!).
Rosemary was brought up on the Hebridean island of South Uist where she began her lifelong involvement with the Gaelic language. She started to learn Gaelic when she attended Garrynamonie Primary and she completed her school education, gaining formal qualifications in Gaelic, in the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.
She trained as a primary teacher and was the first Gaelic Medium immersion teacher appointed to the Sir John Maxwell Gaelic Unit in Glasgow. She went on have a long association with the development of Gaelic education in Argyll and Bute Council before becoming the Education Director for Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
In 2010, she became the Director of the Gaelic Books Council and steered the organisation to the position it now enjoys as the lead organisation for Gaelic literature. She is currently the Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust and maintains her links with Gaelic through her voluntary work as Secretary of Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig (The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust). She has two children, Sean and Eilidh, and lives in Dumbarton with her husband Gerard.
Catherine has a broad working knowledge of Gaelic arts, particularly publishing and music, and is currently a student on the BA Textile Design course at Glasgow School of Art. In addition to that, she works as a tutor for Fèisean nan Gàidheal and as a professional musician, having been a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019. She has a keen interest in drama which she hopes to develop during her time with Theatre Gu Leòr. She was brought up speaking Gaelic in Portree.