Gaelic poetry reading and prize-giving

Saturday 28 September 2019, 11.00am - 12.00am

Join us in a celebration of Gaelic language and culture as we present the annual Macdonald of Sleat Poetry Prize. All are welcome to the ceremony where this year’s winner will be announced and will read their prize-winning poem (in Gaelic and with English translation). The presentation will take place in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, where previous winning poems are on display as as part of the ‘Celebrating the Gaelic Arts’ exhibition.

The Macdonald of Sleat Poetry Prize is an annual competition for Gaelic poetry, organised by Clan Donald Lands Trust in collaboration with Scotland’s Gaelic College Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  Now in its fifth year, the competition was instituted by Sir Ian Macdonald of Sleat in memory of his daughter, Deborah, who passed away at an early age. The theme of the competition each year relates to trees; this year’s theme is Craobh nan Ubhal (Apple Tree).  A literary panel select the winner, who is awarded a £500 prize.

Pictured second from left is last year’s winner, Torquil Macleod from the Isle of Lewis. His prize-winning poem was ‘An Ròs Fiadhaich’ (The Wild Rose).