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Gair nan Clarsach – The Harps’ Cry

Edited by Colm O Baoill / Written by Meg Bateman

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ISBN: 9781912476794
Published: 10 Oct 2019
Format: Paperback
Extent: 256
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
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About the Book

This is the first ever anthology of Gaelic poetry and song from the seventeenth century and includes the melodies for the songs where known. Forty-three poems have been chosen to illustrate the full range of verse from that turbulent century - work songs and rowing songs, political songs and songs of the clans, songs of anger and songs of grief. For the first time on record the song of the people bursts forth from the older medieval learned tradition.

This poetry gives us a last glimpse of the heroic age in Europe. It shows the chief as a warrior and hunter, surrounded in his torchlit hall by the sounds of gambling, harps and poets, as his retainers feasted and drank. In other songs, many composed by women, we hear of the hopes and disappointments of the people.


The Author

Meg Bateman

Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh in 1959. She lectures at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she teaches literature and philosophy through the medium of Gaelic. She learned Gaelic in South Uist and the University of Aberdeen where she taught for many years. Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies such as the ‘Penguin Book of Scottish Verse’ and the ‘Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945’. She has translated and co-edited anthologies of Gaelic medieval, 17th century and religious verse. Her two collections, ‘Aotromachd / Lightness’ and ‘Soirbheas / Fair Wind’, both published by Polygon, were shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year award in 1997 and 2007.

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