Lus na Tùise / Lavender

By Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

Poetry | Paperback, eBook


The second volume of poetry by Gaelic author Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Lus na Tùise / Lavender is titled after the 'lavender generation’ of interwar gay rights activists. The collection portrays a gay Gaelic speaker’s life in contemporary Scotland through a multitude of relationships: sexual, romantic, amicable, familial, educational, and professional; the overall sense is of a human emotional life laid bare. The bilingual collection features Scottish Gaelic poems with facing English translations by the poet. Foreword by linguistic anthropologist Dr. Emily McEwan-Fujita.



Originally from York, but resident in Scotland all his adult life, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir writes poetry, prose, drama and journalism, in Gaelic and English. His début poetry collection - Deò - was published in 2013 by Grace Note Publictions and a second - Lus na Tùise', is expected in 2016, from Bradan Press, as is a pamphlet, for Tapsalteerie, containing translations to and from Scots and Gaelic, alongside the much acclaimed poet Stuart A. Paterson. He has been widely published in a variety of journals. In 2014, he was awarded the Highland Literary Salon prize for poetry and both second and first place in the Baker Prize for Gaelic Literature. In 2015 he placed second in the national William Blake Poetry Prize, for his poetry in English and was a runner up in the Wigtown competition for Gaelic poetry. In the same year he was the winner of the Scottish Association of Writers’ Write Up North poetry competition. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Douglas Hyde Irish-language Poetry Prize at the Strokestown Poetry Festival and was named New Gaelic Playwright of the year, 2016. As art critic, he is a regular contributor to Dàna and Cothrom Ùr magazines.


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Originally from York, but resident in Scotland all his adult life, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir writes poetry, prose, drama and journalism, in Gaelic and English. His début poetry collection - Deò - was published in 2013 by Grace Note Publictions and a second - Lus na Tùise', is expected in 2016, from Bradan Press, as is a pamphlet, for Tapsalteerie, containing translations to and from Scots and Gaelic...


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