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Poetry, Poetry
Publication Date
26 July 2013
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‘Transparencies is a strong collection showing a highly skilled poet on top of her craft, using language and imagery in a sensitive but candid way, and speaking with a very individual voice’ – Brian McCabe

‘Meg Bateman’s embrace of Gaelic has awakened her poetry to a noble passionate candour rare in today’s over-ironical English’ – Les Murray

'The end result of this beautifully constructed and paced collection is a universal evocation of commonalities fused by human consideration . . . The title Transparencies hints at ephemeral moments caught. The poet suggests she aspires to a "palimpsest" of emotions recalled and now renewed upon the page. She succeeds' – the Herald

Meg Bateman vividly evokes the landscape of Scotland, particularly the brooding presences of the Scottish islands and Sutherland, and touches on personal love and loss in this intimate and celebratory collection.

Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh in 1959. She lectures at Sabhal Mòr 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.