Hallaig and Other Poems: Selected Poems of Sorley MacLean

Angus Peter Campbell, Aonghas MacNeacail, Sorley Maclean

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Birlinn General

Published: 14-11-2014


Sorley MacLean is undoubtedly the most influential and significant Gaelic poet of the 20th century, and this collection features over seventy of his poems.

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SKU: 9781846973024



This selected works of Sorley MacLean brings together published poetry from MacLean’s own edited volumes of Poetry. The poems will be given in their original Gaelic with English translations and introduced by Angus Peter Campbell and Aonghas Mac Neacail. Sorley MacLean was born on the island of Raasay in 1911. He was brought up within a family and community immersed in Gaelic language and culture, particularly song. He studied English at Edinburgh University from 1929, taking a first-class honours degree. Despite this influence, he eventually adopted Gaelic as the medium most appropriate for his poetry. He translated much of his own work into English, opening it up to a wider public. He fought in North Africa during World War II, before taking up a career in teaching, holding posts on Mull, in Edinburgh and finally as Head Teacher at Plockton High School. Amongst other awards and honours, he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1990. He died in 1996 at the age of 85.

Additional information

Weight 0.205 kg
Dimensions 15 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 130