'But how can we keep calm and carry on?' (From, May 2020)

All quiet on the northern front as Inverness Tennis and Squash Club learns to cope with a lengthy lockdown Clubbing together to keep things positive as clubs look at life after lockdown
By MICHAEL GREGSON – Squash Mad Scotland Correspondent Deep in Lockdown from March 21st, Scotland’s squash clubs have been doing their best to keep members engaged and involved.At clubs like Inverness, Forthill and Strathgryffe, a lively social media presence and regular Newsletters are complemented by a range of online activity using Zoom, Facebook and other platforms: Quizzes, Lotteries, Art, Music, Baking, Home-made videos, Personal Trainers posting exercise videos.So, even while courts are empty, and equipment is “sitting in cupboards gathering dust” to quote Alan Marshall of Strathgryffe, club staff, coaches and committee members are striving to maintain a semblance of club life.And the National Governing B…

Big Questions ahead for Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Bòrd na Gàidhlig: Innsidh na geòidh - Time will tell
(Published in The Herald, Sat. 18th April 2020)
By Michael Gregson
The State’s unprecedented intervention, to mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown, has been welcomed, even if its coverage dissatisfies many. But the repercussions for public expenditure when we eventually, with a shrunken economy, emerge from lockdown deserve attention.
One organisation likely to see tough times is Bòrd na Gàidhlig. In an Audit Scotland Report in December, BnG was criticised for “ineffective leadership, inadequate workforce planning, a lack of clarity over roles and responsibilities and poor relationships and organisational culture.” MSPs Alex Neil, Colin Beattie, Liam Kerr and Jenny Marra weighed in, pointing to a small Gaelic-speaking talent pool, leading to cronyism; top-heavy management; lack of transparency; and poor scrutiny and accountability.
While Chair Mairi MacInnes welcomed the Report, promising to address the problems, it is hard to see …

More Heat than Light - response to Ian Hamilton, The Scottish Review, February 2013

More Heat than Light – response to Ian Hamilton By Dr. Michael Gregson, Teacher of English, Nairn Academy
The Scottish Review, February 2013

For the context of this article, here is a link to the original Ian Hamilton piece which prompted my reply:

So, we equate ‘England’ with ‘The Daily Telegraph’; we traduce that heterodox and rich nation for the worst Xenophobe excesses of UKIP; we are unforgiving of nostalgists’ fondness for Second World War totems, at the very time the kilts are being put away and haggi digested after our own nostalgic Burnsfests. Why – other than for ‘narrow political advantage’ – conflate the Old Etonians in the current coalition Government with the other 50-something million in that populous southern land?
Ian Hamilton’s essay ‘English nationalism could destroy the rest of us’ is, sadly, mere calumny masquerading as analysis. If I, as a teacher sharing the Curriculum for Excellence with a class of chil…

Review, Behind the Curve, Film, Eden Court

Published, The Wee Review, May 11th 2019

Review, The Isle, Film, Eden Court

Published in The Wee Review, July 31st 2019

Review, Act of Repair, Scottish Youth Theatre, Eden Court

Published, The Wee Review, July 25th 2019

Review, The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil, Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Eden Court,