This volume, introduced and selected by Aonghas-Padraig Caimbeul and Aonghas MacNeacail, brings together over seventy poems, given in their original Gaelic with English translations.
Undoubtedly the most influential and significant Gaelic poet of the twentieth century, 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, but 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. After fighting in North Africa during World War II, Sorley MacLean took up a career in teaching, holding posts in Skye, Mull and 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 eighty-five.