The Gaelic Books Council and Sandstone Press have launched a new concept in additional language learning. The Sandstone Meanmnach Series, similar to Sandstone's Vista Series for adult learners in English, is aimed at advanced learners of Gaelic, with a conscious overlap with reading for pleasure.
The first two books of the series, Litir a Ameireagaidh and Sgeulachdan an da Shaogail are both Gaelic language novellas of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. They come with a contextualising essay and an afterword.
The writing has been specially commissioned and is targeted at "anyone who likes to read", according to its creators. It also features English language aids to assist the learner and provide added interest for the accomplished reader.
Sandstone Press and the Gaelic Books Council plan to develop the series, taking account of reaction to these first two books.