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These Islands, We Sing
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01 July 2011
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These Islands, We Sing

An Anthology of Scottish Islands Poetry
by Kevin MacNeil - Find out more about the author

‘Captain MacNeil has mustered a talented crew’ – Roger Hutchinson, West Highland Free Press

'This is an admirable and largely successful anthology compiled by MacNeil, with a consistency of purpose and design throughout… These Islands We Sing is an important and timely contribution to both the literature of Scotland and the literature of the sea and the land – Nautilus Journal

Many of Scotland’s most important poets grew up or chose to live on Scottish islands. This anthology pays tribute to the islands’ creative output by bringing together a huge array of poetic talent, from the internationally-renowned – Sorley Maclean, Iain Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hugh MacDairmid – to those fantastic poets deserving of more attention – Jim Mainland, Aonghas MacNeacail, Meg Bateman, Alex Cluness, Jen Hadfield, and many more – in one wonderful collection. With poems exploring the themes of love, language, landscape, identity and belonging, These Islands, We Sing is a significant and heartfelt celebration of poetry and place.

Editor Kevin MacNeil was born and raised in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Novelist, poet, playwright, editor, aphorist and lyricist, his books include A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde, The Stornoway Way, Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides and Be Wise Be Otherwise. He is currently working on an album with William Campbell, a new novel, a film, a play and a travelogue-memoir based on his 1,300km cycle down the Danube in September 2009 for two cancer charities