Talk will be en­ter­tain­ing

Scot­tish lec­turer speak­ing in Or­well

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SECTION -

Iain MacPher­son is headed back to the Macphail Home­stead in Or­well to de­liver a lec­ture on the Gaelic lan­guage.

MacPher­son is a lec­turer in Ir­ish and Celtic stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Ul­ster and a Scot­tish Gaelic speaker with roots in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

He has co-edited a col­lec­tion of po­ems around the theme of Gaelic love.

His lat­est book — “An Le­ab­har Liath,” or “The Light Blue Book” — sets out to re­veal a side of Gaelic poetry of­ten left out of the his­tory books.

The book of­fers po­ems that are erotic, rude, sedi­tious and trans­gres­sive that deal with love, sex, the body, pol­i­tics and vi­o­lent pas­sion. The po­ems are by turns hu­mor­ous, dis­turb­ing, shocking and en­light­en­ing . . . .

MacPher­son is an en­ter­tain­ing speaker and the topic prom­ises to be provoca­tive. The po­ems are in Gaelic, but he will trans­late and ex­plain them.

A knowl­edge of the Gaelic is not nec­es­sary, but will add to your en­joy­ment.

MacPher­son is also a doc­u­men­tary film­maker, hav­ing pre­sented, pro­duced, writ­ten and co-di­rected three one hour­long Gaelic doc­u­men­taries for BBC Scot­land/BBC Alba; and a pub­lished poet and trans­la­tor in English, Gaelic and French.

“My mum, Bar­bara Ann MacKin­non, was born and raised in the Mur­ray Har­bour train sta­tion,” said MacPher­son, of his P.E.I. con­nec­tions.

“All my ma­ter­nal side of the fam­ily are from Prince Ed­ward Is­land. My ma­ter­nal grand­mother was Grace Bell LeLacheur from Guernsey Cove who mar­ried my grand­fa­ther Ern MacKin­non from Hunter River.”

His Is­land roots cer­tainly run deep, although he was born and raised in Al­berta.

The lec­ture takes place Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veranda Café at the home­stead.

Reser­va­tions are ad­vis­able for both the talk and the meal: 902651-2789.

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