Ah yes, thrill at the sight of the director and I having a mock punch-up dressed in Santa outfits, marvel at the madness of my debut trip-hop poetry band Tomorrowscope and generally have a good time listening to Scottish and Irish poets and visual artists.
Gaelic Poets Double Bill at the Filmhouse, Edinburgh – Sunday 7th November at 1535Moladh na Maighdinn
Douglas Campbell • UK • 2005 • 30m • Scottish Gaelic with English subtitles • PG
Two mountains, two poets and 250 years of changing attitudes to the Highland landscape are the elements of this intriguing film. The mountains are Beinn Dorain in Argyll and A’ Mhaighdinn in Wester Ross. The poets are Duncan Ban MacIntyre and Domhnall Uilleam Stewart,who takes on both the physical challenges of A’ Mhaighdinn, one of Scotland’s most remote and beautiful Munros, as well as the creative challenge involved in writing a contemporary poem in tribute to Duncan Ban’s 18th century masterpiece ‘In praise of Beinn Dorain’. PLUS Is Mise an Teanga
Murray Grigor • UK • 2003 • 45m • Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and English with English subtitles • U
Is Mise an Teanga has a tale to tell about Gaelic, its contemporary poets and their encounter with 100 visual artists in ‘The Great Book of Gaelic’ – a Book of Kells for our time. The film travels from the Outer Hebrides to inner Dublin, to Connemara, the streets of West Belfast and Glasgow, an odyssey during which we meet a group of extraordinary poets encountering the world of the contemporary artist – a living portrait of a language in flux.”