Lewis MacKinnon's fourth Scottish Gaelic poetry collection features Gaelic translations of selected poems by Coleman Barks, interpreter of the renowned 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, alongside MacKinnon's own original Gaelic poems. The poems in this bilingual collection are grouped thematically in sections corresponding to days that are celebrated in the Celtic cultural calendar year in Nova Scotia. The days include the old Celtic holidays of Samhain and Beltain and the feasts of the Celtic saints: St. Bridget, St. Patrick, and St. Columba. MacKinnon is the first poet to translate Rumi into Scottish Gaelic.
About the author
Lewis MacKinnon was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, to a father who is a Gael and is a Gaelic speaker and a mother who is Acadian and is a French speaker. He was raised on the Nova Scotia mainland in Antigonish County. In 2011, he was named the poet laureate to the Royal National Mòd in Scotland. He works to advance Gaels' language, culture and identity in Nova Scotia, Canada and internationally. He lives with his family in Middle Sackville near Halifax.