As a key part of our LGBT History Month programme in February 2017, we are delighted to welcome Marcas Mac an Tuairneir to An Lanntair for this poetry reading in Gaelic and English. Marcas’ performance will finish with a short acoustic musical performance.
Mac an Tuairneir’s second collection, ‘Lus na Tùise’ (Lavender) , contains poems written in Scottish Gaelic and the poet’s own translations into English. In his poetry Marcas discusses gay issues and identies, rarely addressed openly in Gaelic writing. His work is refreshingly honest, using Gaelic in a way that reflects it as a living language that as such needs to continue to adapt and grow in the years to come.
Much of Marcas’ work interrogates ideas of sexuality in a way that is initmately personal but also universal, appealing to those both within and outwith the LGBT and Gaelic-speaking communities. His award-winning poetry is powerful and beautifully written and reclaims a marginalised voice in modern Gaelic culture and its literature.
Born in England, Marcas attended Kings College, University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he graduated in 2008 with an MA Hons in Gaelic and Hispanic Studies and an MLitt in Irish and Scottish Studies in 2010. Moving to Glasgow in 2011 he gained an MA in TV Fiction, with the support of MG Alba, at Glasgow Caledonian University. In 2017 he commences doctoral studies at the University. His first collection, ‘Deò,’ was published by Grace Note Publications, was written with the support of the Gaelic Books Council and has been widely acclaimed. Marcas will be reading from his second collection, ‘Lus na Tùise’, published last November by Bradan Press. Marcas is currently working on his third and fourth collections of poetry, a pamphlet for Tapsalteerie, alongside the acclaimed Scots-language poet Stuart A. Paterson and his début novel, for Acair. Named New Gaelic Playwright of the year in 2016, he has two stage plays in development.