Gaelic Literature  of the Isle of Skye: an annotated  bibliography   


Modern poetry and song: introduction







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The 20th Century saw a remarkable flowering in modern Gaelic literature.  For those wishing to commence a study of the subject I would recommend Chapter 7 of Derick Thomson’s An Introduction to Gaelic Poetry (Thomson 1974: 249-295) and the bilingual introduction to Domhnall MacAmhlaigh’s Nua-Bhàrdachd Ghàidhlig (MacAmhlaigh 1976: 19-68).


Raasay-born Somhairle MacGill-Eain (Sorley MacLean) has been described by Domhnall MacAmhlaigh as being the “vital and imcomparable link” between the older, traditional poetry and the new, modern poetry (MacAmhlaigh 1976:54).  Here there is a section devoted to the work of Somhairle MacGill-Eain.


There is a selective listing of the work of new modern poets who have worked and are working in Skye today.



Somhairle MacGill-Eain   

The New Poetry

















Traditional: known authorship


A-C   D-Domhnall  

Domhnallach-Dz   E–G

H–L,  M–MacA 

MacB–MacC,  MacD



MacLeòid A-H

MacLeòid I-Z 



M   N   O-Q   R-Z


Traditional: anonymous


A-B    C-D    E-K 

L-N   O    P-Z     


Traditional: collections


Annie Arnott 

An Cabairneach

Carmina Gadelica   

Catriona Dhùghlas  

Tormod Domhnallach

Marjory Kennedy-Fraser 

Angus Lamont

K. N. MacDonald

Johan MacInnes

Hugh MacKinnon

Calum I. MacLean

Sorley MacLean 

Kenneth MacLeod

Niall MacLeòid

Màiri Nighean Alasdair

Cairistiona Mhàrtainn

Alexander Morison 

Kenneth Morrison

Angus Nicolson 

Portree HS Magazine

Lachlann Robertson

Frances Tolmie I

Frances Tolmie II



Somhairle MacGill-Eain

The New Poetry



Books etc: A-L

Books etc: MacA-MacL

Books etc: MacM-Z

Periodicals, MSS, AV










Prose: homepage          Bibliography: homepage




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