Aonghas MacNeacail is one of the best Gaelic poets writing today. He was born in Uig, on the Isle of Skye and writes in Gaelic, Scots and English. He won the prestigious Scottish Writer of the Year Stakis Prize with his third collection, Oideachadh Ceart /A Proper Schooling and his most recent collection is Laoidh an Donais Oig/ Hymn to a Young Demon. “Here is a poetry collection with the richness and subtlety of a good malt. It can deliver a kick, but what remains is a runic, timeless savouring of finely distilled flavour” (The Herald).
Jacob Polley returns as Festival Poet in Residence. He was born in Carlisle, Cumbria and is the author of three acclaimed books of poems. Both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Newcastle University, and his fourth book of poems, Jackself, is out in November, 2016.
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