Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan is a renowned scholar and historian who is an expert in the sport of shinty, Scotland’s community sport. His passion and knowledge on the topic have made him a leading authority in the field. In the upcoming talks titled “Broadcast conversation: Gaidhlig and scots on air” and “Mingling in the Glens for 40 of 100 years of the BBC in Scotland” Dr MacLennan will delve deeper into the history and evolution of the sport’s broadcasting. The talks promise to be an insightful exploration of the unique Highland game’s relationship with broadcasting. Anyone with an interest in sports, broadcasting or Scottish culture won’t want to miss these talks by Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan.

Broadcast conversation: Gaidhlig and scots on air

Scotland has three indigenous languages. How have Gaidhlig and Scots found their way on air in the last century?

Join the National Library of Scotland for a lively conversation with Hugh Dan McLennan, Lana Pheutan and Mary Ann Kennedy, chaired by Broadcaster in Residence, Alistair Heather.

Broadcast Conversations are a series of lively, informal chats with big names from Scottish broadcasting, featuring a selection of fascinating clips from the archive.

Thursday 30th March 5pm, Free. Book ‘Broadcast Conversation: Gaidhlig and Scots on air’ via Eventbrite

Mingling in the Glens for 40 of 100 years of the BBC in Scotland

In 2023 the BBC is celebrating 100 years of public service broadcasting; the Camanachd Association, shinty’s ruling body, will mark 100 years of cup finals at the Bught Park in Inverness; and Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan has decided to hang up his microphone after 40 years as a broadcaster.

In this illustrated talk, marking his final season as a sports commentator, Hugh Dan (the National Library of Scotland’s first Sportswriter in Residence) will detail some of the key dates in the BBC’s 100 years and weave a web of wayward strands connecting himself, his sporting career and his broadcasting work in radio and television.

This event will take place on-site at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.