Derick Thomson: Poet, Publisher, Scholar

Posted on 5 November 2021 in Latest News

Derick Thomson was the first Chair of the Gaelic Books Council (then known as an Comann Leabhraichean) when it was founded in 1968. Originally from Upper Bayble in Lewis, he spent much of his life in Glasgow, where he was Professor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. Through his teaching, his research on Gaelic poetry and literature, the books and magazines he published through his company Gairm, and his own poetry, he did more than any other person in the latter half of the twentieth century to advance the cause of Gaelic writing and publishing.

This year, The Gaelic Books Council is celebrating a hundred years since the birth of Derick Thomson. As part of this project, we have commissioned two film interviews with people who knew Derick.  Both conversations are chaired by Catriona Murray, with Part 1 featuring Gillie Macdonald and Iain Mackenzie and part two involving Calum Graham and Ian MacDonald. Tune in to hear their stories about Derick and their favourite poems. We also invite you to share your favourite Derick Thomson poem with us on social media using the hashtag #MacThòmais100.

English subtitles can be activated both of these videos.