Seanchaidh na Coille / Memory-Keeper of the Forest — Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada
edited by Michael Newton • 590 pages
FROM CAPE BRETON TO VANCOUVER, from the late 18th to the mid 20th century, Gaelic-speaking communities could be found all over Canada. This anthology of prose and poetry—mostly literary, some historical in tone—gives voice to the experience of Gaelic Canadians. It covers a wide range of territory and time, allowing Gaels to express their own opinions about a broad set of themes: migration, politics, religion, family life, identity, social organizations, and much more.
Michael Newton shows “the rich variety and national extent of the Gaelic experience in Canada. His sensitive and skillful translations open up this material to an English-speaking readership.”—Robert Dunbar, Head of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. “A stunning description of a culture...and an analysis of the enduring themes in Gàidhlig literature and poetry.... A fascinating, elegant and invaluable book.”—from Foreword by Diane Gabaldon, author of Outlander