Martin MacIntyre and Roddy Maclean speak with Mark Wringe at the Ullapool Book Festival about their latest novels, Samhradh ‘78 (The Summer of ‘78) and Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig (CLÀR).
An acclaimed author, bàrd and storyteller Martin MacIntyre has worked across these genres for over twenty years. In 2003 Ath-Aithne (Re-acquaintance) - a collection of short stories - won the Saltire Society First Book Award. His novels Gymnippers Diciadain (Wednesday Gymnippers) and An Latha As Fhaide (The Longest Day) were in contention for their Book of the Year awards in 2005 and 2008 while his second story collection Cala Bendita ‘s a Bheannachdan (Cala Bendita and its Blessings) were shortlisted for both the Donald Meek Award and the Saltire Literary Book of the Year in 2014. His latest novel Samhradh ‘78 (The Summer of ‘78) was launched in July 2018 and Ath-Aithne was published in French as Un passe-temps pour l’été (A Summer Past-time) later that year.
Roddy Maclean is an Inverness-based Gaelic journalist, broadcaster, educator, author and storyteller, with family links to Applecross in Wester Ross and the Isle of Lewis. He is the originator of two unique weekly radio programmes for Gaelic learners, and runs courses that celebrate the strong relationship between the Gaelic language and the Scottish environment. Roddy is the author of several works of fiction for children and teenagers, and a number of publication on Highland place names. His novella An Creanaiche (Standstone) gained second place in the Donald Meek Awards in 2015. At this year’s festival, Roddy will be speaking about his newly-published novel Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig (CLÀR), a historical political thriller based in Ireland, Scotland, London and Paris, which won first prize in the Donald Meek Awards in 2018.
This session will be in Gaelic. Non-Gaelic speakers will not miss out as there will be simultaneous translation into English through individual headsets. Gaelic translation by Mòrag Stiùbhart (Morag Stewart), and chaired by Mark Wringe.
Tickets are £8 and are available from the Ullapool Book Festival booking page here.