‘My songs have arisen from my emotional core and my mind – from a heart that is Gaelic, from a warm, certain heritage.’
It is not only Iain’s thoughts that are to be found in this collection, you can also hear the strong rhythm of his heart in his poetry. This collection focuses on subjects which are of great importance to him. Those are the history of his people and of his own life, Gaelic and the Gaelic heritage of his forefathers, politics and social questions, and a subject that has been of immense importance in his life – health, both physical and spiritual.
Iain D. Urchardan was raised in Borsham, Harris. He graduated with Honours from Glasgow School of Art and from the University of Aberdeen. He is married to Muriel and they have three children: Mairead, Eòin and Sìleas. Between 1997-2010 he was a Parish Minister. Today he is a lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and a presenter on podcasts like ‘Beag air Bheag’ and ‘SpeakGaelic’. He has published two books of short stories: Breab, Breab, Breab (2017) and Air an Oir (2020). Turas, his first poetry collection, won The Donald Meek Award in 2019.
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