Michael Newton (academic)

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Michael Newton is a minority language activist and Scottish Gaelic scholar. He was born in 1965 and raised in a bilingual (Spanish and English speaking) community in Southern California.[1] He embarked on a career in computer game design as a teenager, becoming one of the creators of the pioneering game Dungeon Master at FTL Games. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of San Diego in 1990 with a degree in computer science,[2] he switched his focus to Scottish Gaelic studies and in 1998 was awarded a PhD in Celtic Studies from the University of Edinburgh.

Newton has produced a number of scholarly projects regarding Scottish Gaelic, including books, articles, edited volumes, blog posts, a video documentary, and digital humanities multimedia projects exploring Celtic language poets in North America,[3] for which he has received numerous awards, including the Coralys Award in 2002 and 2003 and the inaugural 2014 Saltire Award from St. Andrews University Scottish Heritage Center. He received the International Award at the 2018 Scottish Gaelic Awards in Glasgow for his many contributions to Gaelic.[4]

He is a co-founder and board member of Urras Gàidhlig nan Stàitean Aonaichte (Scottish Gaelic Foundation of the United States).[5]

Much of his work challenges the negative stereotypes that have been projected onto Gaelic society by anglophone authorities and anglocentric sources, drawing on the methods of post-colonial studies.[1] He is one of the only scholars currently studying the legacy of the Scottish Gaelic immigrant communities of the Americas, especially by locating and analyzing the remains of Scottish Gaelic literature.[6]

Seanchaidh na Coille[edit]

The author Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the Outlander series, wrote a preface to Seanchaidh na Coille.[7][8] The book was shortlisted for the 2016 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing[9] and was selected as one of the Best Scottish Books of 2015 by the Association of Scottish Literary Studies.[8]




  1. ^ a b "MICHAEL NEWTON". Celtic Life International. Celtic Life International Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Newton, Michael. "Michael Newton CV". unc.academia.edu. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ Newton, Michael. "Celtic Poets of North America". unc.edu. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ Duaisean Gàidhlig na h-Alba http://www.scottishgaelicawards.co.uk/2018-winners.html. Retrieved 24 January 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Newton, Michael. "Board Member Bio Michael Newton". Urras Gàidhlig nan Stàitean Aonaichte. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ Newton, Michael. "Scottish-American Pride: Only Skin Deep?". The Virtual Gael. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  7. ^ Crouse, Liam Alastair. "Lèirmheas leabhair: Seanchaidh na Coille". Dàna (in Scottish Gaelic). Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b Stroh, Dr. Silke. "Seanchaidh na Coille / The Memory-Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish-Gaelic Literature of Canada edited by Michael Newton". The Bottle Imp. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  9. ^ "2016 Atlantic Book Festival Events Listing, April 20-27". Atlantic Book Awards. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  10. ^ Newton, Michael. "Michael Newton". unc.academia.edu. Retrieved 13 January 2017.

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