Arts and Culture

An Tosgan, 54 Seaforth Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2SD

01851 702030

Acair, a not-for-profit company run by a board, was established in 1977 to provide Gàidhlig language materials for the ground-breaking Bilingual Education Project in the Western Isles.

Since then our books have been (and continue to be) well-known in Gaelic Medium schools across Scotland. There aren’t many children who passed through school without having the pleasure of reading about the famous adventures of SPÀGAN, illustrated by the wonderful Quentin Blake of Roald Dahl fame.

Outwith education, however, Acair have developed a long list of general interest books in Gaelic and English — even Scots! — which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

While a lot of the educational resources are now produced by Stòrlann, Acair’s core business is still Gaelic books. This ranges from producing new and original works of fiction to working with other well-known publishing houses to produce Gaelic versions of popular children’s books.

Over the years we have published the work of many well-known writers, poets and academics, from Sorley Maclean and Iain Crichton Smith to Donald S Murray and Dr Finlay Macleod. But as well as preserving the work of those who have helped shape Scottish literature, we are always looking out for upcoming talent and are delighted to publish new Gaelic fiction as part of our Aiteal series.