Acair Ltd was established in 1976 to provide Gàidhlig language materials for the ground breaking bi-lingual education project in the Western Isles.
Since then our books have been (and continue to be) well-known in Gaelic Medium schools across Scotland: not many children passed through school without having the pleasure of reading about the famous adventures of SPÀGAN!
Out with education, however, Acair has developed a long list of general interest books in Gaelic and English which could be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Acair’s core business is still the publication of Gaelic books. This varies from producing new and original books, to working with other well-known publishing houses to produce popular children’s books as Gaelic editions.
Acair now has an impressive backlist of both children’s and general interest titles. Many remain as popular as they were when they were first released, and we have recently re-printed a number of them, such as CAILEAG and CHO MÒR ‘S A THA MO GHAOL ORT. Acair has also published some classic 20th century Gaelic writers, including Donald MacAulay and Iain Crichton-Smith.
Our list also includes some bilingual publications for adults, on a variety of topics from original poetry to plays to local historical, as well as English-only books on related Gaelic and Highland topics.
As well as producing books independently, Acair’s publication process is often assisted and encouraged by supporting agencies such as Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Gaelic Books Council.
In 2011, we began a working partnership with Irish-Gaelige publishers Futa Fata. This allowed for an opportunity to share resources and experiences in minority-language publishing. The partnership has thus far been hugely beneficial, the first fruits of which can be seen in CEITIDH CEARC, COCO AN T-IASG CÀIRDEIL and LACHAIDH AGUS AN OIDHCHE IARGALTA.
The company is currently situated on 7 James Street, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. If you wish to come and see our books first-hand, staff will be glad to welcome you during office hours. These are Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm.
Following on from the success of our latest publications, WEAVING SONGS by D.S. Murray and the Futa Fata series of children’s books, Acair is geared up for an exciting year. Upcoming projects include; a collection of original poetry by Flòraidh MacPhail, an anthology of Iain Crichton-Smith’s poetry and the combined semi-autobiographical and song archive book based on the famous Campbell family from Skye.
Over the years we have published the work of many well-known writers and poets, including Sorley MacLean and Derick Thomson. As well as preserving the work of those who have played a big part in the history of Scottish literature, we are always on the lookout for new and upcoming talent. Authors and illustrators, who feel they fit the Acair remit, should feel free to submit their work for consideration.
Acair has always played an important role in the developement and preservation of the Gaelic language and culture. This is something that will continue to be a priority for us and we look forward to the future and to embracing the exciting possibilities and opportunites that are ahead of us!