Thinking about your holiday shopping? Bradan Press has you covered this holiday season! We recommend shopping earlier this year, as the demand for shipping services has never been higher, and the pandemic continues to make in-person shopping a challenge in some areas. Our holiday gift guide will help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list, with a wide variety of books to gift your loved ones. See something you want for yourself this holiday season? Let your friends and family know by sharing it on social media! Bradan Press books are available to order through your favourite local bookstore, or from the online book retailer of your choice.
For the Artist or Musician
Language, symbols, and music are beautiful ways to connect to Gaelic and Celtic heritages and cultures!
The Tattoo Handbook Series
Perfect for the tattoo lover or crafter in your life. Nobody wants to get a typo on their skin that can’t be erased, or spend hours on a calligraphy or cross-stitch project only to discover that they spelled it wrong! With The Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, and Welsh Tattoo Handbooks, learn how to incorporate Scottish Gaelic, Irish, or Welsh words and phrases into a tattoo, gift, artwork, or jewelry that honours the Celtic languages and cultures. The ultimate “think before you ink” guide to Celtic word art!
Play It Like You Sing It
Cape Breton piper Barry W. Shears tells the story of traditional Gaelic piping in Nova Scotia in the Play It Like You Sing It collection. Volume One highlights the families and individuals who maintained these traditions, through presenting their history, culture, and dozens of photographs. In Volume Two, Shears presents 249 musical arrangements of strathspeys, reels, and jigs as they were played and sung in Nova Scotia, accompanied by extensive tune notes, Gaelic puirt-a-beul words, and more photographs of pipers. Each volume is available separately. This collection is the perfect gift for the piper or fiddler in your life!
For Children, Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge
Available in English and French, this book is the perfect gift for the child, teacher, or caregiver in your life! Help them learn Gaelic through a story centred around the boyhood of the mythical hunter-warrior Fionn MacCool, and the tale of the Salmon of Knowledge. Children’s books are a fantastic starting point for anybody learning Scottish Gaelic. Fionn MacCool has a variety of free resources for teachers and youth group activity leaders as well!
G is for Gael
Learn more about the diverse and beautiful Celtic heritage of Nova Scotia through is alphabet style picture book, G is for Gael. Written by Nova Scotia educator Shelayne Hanson and illustrated by Etta Moffatt, this book is a first step to understand and connect with Gaelic history, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia. This book is a must-have for parents and caregivers who want to show young children the richness and diversity of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture. Available in English and French.
Bodkin Beag and Bodkin Mòr
Bodkin Beag and Bodkin Mòr went out to pick nuts, but Bodkin Beag wouldn’t stop eating them! Bodkin Mòr set out to teach his greedy friend a lesson, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences…. This traditional Scottish Gaelic tale was once the most widely-known children’s story in the Gaelic world. The Gaels brought the tale with them from the Highlands of Scotland to Nova Scotia 200 years ago, and passed it down in oral traditon. Gaelic illustrator Emily MacDonald’s fresh and charming illustrations accompany this English translation of a traditional text, portraying the tale in 19th-century Cape Breton.
For Gaelic Speakers and Learners, Young & Old
For the Gaelic learner in your life! Support their journey this holiday season as they grow closer to Gaelic. Fluent Gaelic speakers will also enjoy these titles!
Biorachan Beag agus Biorachan Mór
Big Biorachan and Little Biorachan went out to pick nuts, but Little Biorachan wouldn’t stop eating them! Big Biorachan set out to teach his greedy friend a lesson, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences… This traditional Scottish Gaelic tale was once the most widely-known children’s story in the Gaelic world. The Gaels brought the tale with them 200 years ago from the Highlands of Scotland to Nova Scotia, and passed it down in their oral traditon. Gaelic illustrator Emily MacDonald’s fresh and charming illustrations accompany the traditional text, depicting the tale in 19th-century Cape Breton. This version is Gaelic-only.
Bana Phrionnsa a’ Phoca Phàipeir
Enjoy a Canadian favourite, The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, now available in Scottish Gaelic! Follow Bana-phrionnsa Ealasaid (Princess Elizabeth) as she attempts to find Prionnsa Raghnall (Prince Ronald) after a dragon attacks her castle. Enjoy the story in a whole new way with this translation. Children’s books are the perfect way to practice Gaelic reading, as well!
For the Gaelic speaker in your life, Anna Ruadh is the perfect book. The first ever Scottish Gaelic translation of the beloved Anne of Green Gables, this book follows the story of Anne Shirley, a young girl with enough passion and imagination to leave people falling in love with her long after they’ve finished her book. Meet Anne Shirley all over again in Anna Ruadh, available in hardcover and paperback.
Ràithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking
Available in both audiobook and paperback, this collection of poetry follows the Gaelic cultural calendar in Nova Scotia. The poems are written by Sufi mystic and poet Rumi, interpreted by Coleman Barks, and translated into Gaelic by Lewis MacKinnon.
Our audiobook, read aloud by Lewis MacKinnon in a rich baritone, is accompanied by Saeed Foroughi (hammered dulcimer, star, harp, and flute) and Wayne MacIntyre (guitar) to blend Persian, Irish, and Scottish traditional and spiritual music with Rumi’s poetry. This audiobook makes a perfect stocking stuffer for the Gaelic learner or poetry lover in your life.
This Gaelic-only poetry collection by Calum L. MacLeòid, winner of the 2016 Scottish Book Trust Gaelic New Writers Award for prose. Topics include urban culture and landscape in Canada and Scotland, relationships failed and successful, the lives of everyday objects, and emigrant life as a Gael mediated through the internet.
Gaelic poems with English translations on themes of religion and spirituality, family, daily life in Uist, and the author’s upbringing in Glasgow and Barra, from the 2017 winner of the Scottish Book Trust Gaelic New Writers Award for poetry. This collection won second place in the 2018 Donald Meek Award for Gaelic literature.
Gaelic Language Revitalization Concepts and Challenges
This academic book delves into the main concepts and the social and linguistic challenges of Gaelic language revitalization in modern Scotland. Perfect for scholars, including undergraduate and graduate students interested in anthropology, linguistics, sociolinguistics, Celtic studies, and education. The essays in the book include the author’s previously published articles and book chapters spanning the period 2005-2013, as well as three previously unpublished papers, focusing on issues like “discourses of death and denigration” about Gaelic in the Scottish media (which inspired the anti-Gaelic bingo card illustration on the cover).