Am Bratach No. 303
January 2017

Editor appointed

The board of North West Sutherland Council for Community Action, publishers of Am Bratach, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Macdonald as editor of the magazine. Mrs Macdonald, a crofter’s daughter from Strathcanaird, will take over from retiring editor, Donald MacLeod, on January 16 after having served ten years as archivist for Skye and Lochalsh, based at Portree.

Mrs Macdonald, who was educated at Ullapool High School and Glasgow and Dundee universities, will also take on advertising sales.

She said: “I began subscribing to Am Bratach for its coverage of the Shucksmith Inquiry in 2008 and have always enjoyed its blend of incisive reporting and quality features. When so much is written about the North West Highlands from an external perspective, Am Bratach instantly struck me as a voice from the inside.

“The appeal of the editor’s position was at first personal: I grew up on the edge of Ross-shire with the Sutherland hills looking over my shoulder and have a family link to Assynt on my mother’s side. Having some background in writing and editing and a strong interest in the subjects covered by the paper, I decided to apply. I am both daunted and excited by the prospect of assuming the editor’s mantle.”

A book based on Anne Macdonald’s Glasgow University PhD thesis was published under her maiden name, Anne MacLeod. Entitled “From an Antique Land: Visual Representations of the Highlands and Islands, 1700–1880”, it was published by John Donald in October 2012.

NWSCCA chairwoman, Agnes Dickson, said: “We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of Anne Macdonald’s calibre. “Her commitment to the magazine, her expertise in Highland history, her understanding and appreciation of Gaelic and the crofting way of life, as well as her close family ties in the area, made her an outstanding candidate for the job.”

Donald MacLeod commented: “With Anne at the helm, I think that Am Bratach will be in excellent hands and I look forward very much to working with her over the next few months to help make the change-over as smooth as possible”.

The printing, distribution and administrative side of the operation will remain in Strathnaver meantime, with Mr MacLeod joining retired accountant Ian Mackay on the board of NWSCCA. Mr Mackay has also been appointed company secretary, a position held by Donald MacLeod for nineteen years.

The magazine was first published in November 1991.

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