Education: Storyteller

On the long winter nights in the old days, the people of the Hebrides would gather about their fires to listen to a Gaelic sgeulachlan (storytelling). Now the 1,000-year-old stories have been mostly forgotten, and there is little sgeulachlan in the Hebrides. One man who has not forgotten is Angus MacMillan.

Angus MacMillan is a jolly old man with a weather-lined face, a scraggly mustache, and a laugh that comes from his belly. He was born in Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides, and only left the island once—to join the territorials during the Boer War. As a child, he went to school...

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