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On Sasanach Syndrome

On Sasanach Syndrome

There’s a particular kind of impostor syndrome that comes from being English in Celtic Studies, as an academic field. No matter how many qualifications you get, how hard you work on language skills, how much you know, you can’t change the fact that the stories you’re talking about aren’t your stories, that the landscape it describes isn’t the country you come from. I call it Sasanach Syndrome. It intensifies acutely every time I tell somebody what I studied and they…

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In The Glen: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

In The Glen: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t actually succeed in writing and scheduling posts to cover my trip to Ireland. I managed one — and that posted while I still had reliable WiFi, whereas now it’s in distinctly short supply. So, that didn’t quite work out as planned.  Due to the aforementioned lack of internet, this’ll be a short post, and I’ll have to give detailed updates at a later stage. I’m currently in Glencolumbkille, having made the seemingly interminable bus…

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