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Patsi MacKenzie 


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. 

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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, for which she is currently the Gaelic editor.  

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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Former police officer turned freelance broadcaster from Ness on the Isle of Lewis, “Pluto” has 30 years experience in working in the Gaelic Arts both as a student and teacher. Winner of Scottish Young Playwright of the Year 1989 and Celtic Media Festival Radio Presenter/Personality of the Year 2008 he has a passion to help produce more accessible theatre and writing opportunities for all. He is BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s main football commentator and produces as well as presents his own drivetime radio show for the station “Siubhal gu Seachd le Pluto”. He has served on numerous sport committees and is a former member of Comunn na Gaidhlig (CNAG) Board of Directors. He is a fluent English speaker having learnt it in school.