Gath (magazine)

Gath is the name of a Scottish Gaelic language magazine[1][2][3][4] that was published by Gath Earranta. The first edition was published in August 2003, intending to replace the older Gairm magazine, which had closed. Gath aimed to reproduce the mainstream appeal of its predecessor, whilst attracting a younger audience with fresh topics, such as contemporary music[5] and current events.[6] Each issue contained a number of short stories, essays, and poems; over 500 short stories were published in the magazine.[7][6] Bòrd na Gàidhlig provided a £5000 foundational grant and ongoing support,[8] and Gath was published biannually from 2003 until at least 2008.[7] The reception was generally positive.[5][9] Writers who published in the magazine include some of the most respected Gaelic writers, such as Christopher Whyte, Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul, Maoilios Caimbeul, Meg Bateman, Aonghas Dubh MacNeacail, Iain Moireach, Alison Lang, Moray Watson, Rob Shirley, Fionnlagh MacLeoid, Gregor Addison and Eilidh Rosach.[10] The editors were Dòmhnall E. Meek, Jo NicDhomhnaill, and Richard Cox.[7]

The name "Gath" means "ray of light."


  1. ^ Gath : an iris Ghàidhlig. Worldcat. OCLC 57332016.
  2. ^ Watson, Moray (23 March 2011). An Introduction to Gaelic Fiction. Edinburgh University Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0748688067.
  3. ^ MacIomhair, Dòmhnall Iain (20 May 2004). "'Gath' Smuain no dha le Domhnall Iain MacIomhair". Stornoway Gazette (in Scottish Gaelic). Stornoway Gazette. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Alison Lang & Wilson McLeod. "Gaelic culture for sale: language dynamics in the marketing of Gaelic music" (PDF). Research on Language Policy and Language Planning. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Mac Neacaill, Aonghas. "A YEAR IN SCOTTISH GAELIC WRITING." Transcript: Europe's Online Review of International Writing. Originally published Dec 29, 2003. Accessed 19 Jan. 2017.
  6. ^ a b Catriona Elizabeth Timm. "Indigenous Language Revitalization in Aotearoa New Zealand & Alba Scotland" (PDF).
  7. ^ a b c "Gath (iris)". Comhairle nan Leabhraichen. 2007.
  8. ^ "Bòrd na Gàidhlig Press Release". Bòrd na Gàidhlig (in Scottish Gaelic and English). Bòrd na Gàidhlig. 15 October 2003. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. ^ Raghnall MacIlleDhuibh (3 October 2003). "Bho ghairm a' choilich gu gath an t-seillein". The Scotsman (in Scottish Gaelic). The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Gath (iris) 2007". Comhairle nan Leabhraichen. 2007. Missing or empty |url= (help)