Gaelic book event with English conversation and Gaelic readings.
Gaelic writer, Graham Cooper, discusses historical fiction writing and his historical novel An Ròs a Leigheas(The Healing Rose), a tale of King James IV of Scotland, his physician Henry Leich, and his court fool, Thomas, as they make pilgrimage to Tain before turning South towards the disastrous Battle of Flodden.
As part of Book Week Scotland, join us at the launch of Doras Gun Chlàimhean in Glasgow, to celebrate the new book all about the poetry, songs and essays of Murdo MacFarlane, “the Melbost Bard”, with the editor Catriona Murray, and Mairead MacLeod (na h-Òganaich) who knew him personally and sang his songs all over the world.
Taking inspiration from Scotland’s folklore, seven poets – Hollie McNish, Dave Hook, Katie Ailes, Gaelic poet Ceitidh Campbell, Anita Mackenzie, Julie Rea and Calum Rodger – have reimagined our mythical beasts, taking these traditional tales into the twenty-first century, in collaboration with Púca Printhouse, designers of the “Mythical Beasts of Scotland” map.
This event is part of the Push the Boat Out poetry festival.
The Gaelic Books Council celebrates the legacy of St Columba in poetry and prayer. Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill Jones, author of An Naomhsgeul as Buaine (The Most Enduring Saint’s Fable), commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy for Columcille 1500, will be in conversation with Fr Ross Crichton, whose Novena to St Columba was also published to mark the saint’s anniversary. Chaired by Kathleen Reddy of Glasgow University.
The Gaelic Books Council invites you to join us for an afternoon of Gaelic poetry to ward off the gloom of winter, as we welcome the acclaimed poet Meg Bateman together with Beth Frieden, recipient of a recent New Writers Award, and award-winning bilingual poet Deborah Moffatt. We thank our friends at the Scottish Poetry Library for hosting this event as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories.
The Gaelic Books Council and Ceòlas are proud to present three exceptional Uist artists: acclaimed traditional Gaelic singer Màiri MacMillan; writer and storyteller Martin MacIntyre; and singer-songwriter Gillebride MacMillan, as seen in the popular “Outlander” series. Please join us at Cnoc Soilleir for an evening of songs and stories to celebrate the traditions of Uist.
The Gaelic Books Council and Publishing Scotland invite you to celebrate two new Gaelic song books from Acair: Doras Gun Chlàimhean: Murchadh MacPhàrlain, Bàrd Mhealaboist edited by Catriona Murray, and the forthcoming Gun Sireadh, Gun Iarraidh – The Tolmie Collection, edited by Kenna Campbell and Ainsley Hamill. With special guests Margaret MacLeod (Na h-Òganaich), Mark Wringe and Mary Ann Kennedy.
An evening with the authors of three new books on Hebridean life. Rody Gorman, one of the Gaelic translators for Derek Robertson’s book Bho Bheul an Eòin/From The Bird’s Mouth, gives Gaelic names to new bird and animal species driven north by climate change.
Will Maclean’s book, Compelled by Memory (co-written by Marian Leven and Arthur Watson) charts the historic battle for land on Lewis commemorated in the designer’s epic stone monuments.
Lesley Riddoch’s Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides updates her portrait of island life penned after cycling from Barra to the Butt fifteen years ago and describes the challenges facing new community landowners.
The three writers will give brief talks, chat together and sign books afterwards.