Scottish Islands Group: The Work of Sorley Maclean
30 May @ 19:00 - 20:00 BST
Join the Scottish Islands Group on Tuesday 30 May from 7pm for their next online meet-up. This month, we will be joined by Dr Peter Mackay who will give a short talk on the work of Sorley Maclean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain).
Sorley MacLean was the most celebrated Gaelic poet of the 20th century, one who drew on the deep traditions of song and verse and his acute political and historical understanding to bring Gaelic culture into literary modernity – or to give ‘modernity’ a Gaelic voice. Sorley MacLean was from the Isle of Raasay off the Isle of Skye. His work is just as powerful in translation into English as Gaelic, as recognised by writers such as Seamus Heaney and many others.
Dr Peter Mackay is a poet, broadcaster and Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Sorley MacLean (2010) and was the Gaelic editor on the recent Canongate Golden Treasury of Scottish Verse (2021).
The meeting will be almost entirely in English with some readings in Gaelic.
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