ABOUT SAORSA MEDIA AND MICHAEL NEWTON
Saorsa Media was created in 2001 by Michael Newton as an outlet for materials relating to Scottish Highland literature and heritage in America, as no other such publisher exists dedicated to this field.
Michael Newton was awarded a PhD in Celtic Studies by the University of Edinburgh in 1998. He has written a number of books and articles on Scottish Gaelic culture (see below), and has recently focused on the hitherto untold story of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States.
He has given lectures and taught workshops on a number of Scottish topics - from Scottish Gaelic language lessons to Scottish cultural geography - at venues such as the Smithsonian, Slighe nan Gaidheal in Seattle, and the Toronto Scottish Gaelic Learners' Association. He also teaches Gaelic Studies classes at the University of Richmond.
He has performed Highland song at various venues in Scotland and France with folklore ensemble Drumalban, in the US and Canada as a soloist, and is currently a member of the Celtic trio Snapdragon.
If you are interested in inviting him to speak, teach, or perform, check the Calendar for dates, and email him at: email@example.com
The following list of publications is indicative of his areas of specialization.
BOOKS BY MICHAEL NEWTON
- We’re Indians Sure Enough: The Legacy of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States (Richmond: Saorsa Media, 2001).
- A Handbook of the Scottish Gaelic World (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000).
- Bho Chluaidh gu Calasraid / From the Clyde to Callander: Gaelic Tales, Songs and Traditions from the Lennox and Menteith (Stornoway: Acair, 1999).
SELECTED ARTICLES BY MICHAEL NEWTON
- “Prophecy and Cultural Conflict in Scottish Gaelic Tradition,” Scottish Studies (forthcoming).
- “More Early MacGregor Poetry,” Scottish Gaelic Studies Vol. 21, 2003.
- “ ‘Becoming Cold-Hearted Like the Gentiles Around Them’: Scottish Gaelic in the United States 1872-1912,” eKeltoi.
- “Jacobite Past, Loyalist Present,” eKeltoi.
- “In Their Own Words: Gaelic Literature in North Carolina,” Scotia Vol. 25, 2001.
- “Gaelic sources for Ruaig Beinn Todhaig,”Scottish Gaelic Studies Vol. 20, 2000.
- “Border Disputes: Gaelic Cultural Identity and Interaction in the Lennox and Menteith,” Celtic Cultural Studies 2000
- Coralys Award (for outstanding work towards the preservation and promotion of Celtic languages and cultures), Fellowship for Celtic Tradition, 2003 (Awarded for Gaelic Studies development at University of Richmond)
- Coralys Award (for outstanding work towards the preservation and promotion of Celtic languages and cultures), Fellowship for Celtic Tradition, 2002 (Awarded for book We're Indians Sure Enough)
- Clan Donald Educational Trust Scholarship, 1996-1998
- Overseas Research Scholarship, 1995-1997
- Richard Brown Scholarship (University of Edinburgh), 1995
- UCSD Undergraduate Research Scholar Award, 1990