Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul

Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul (Angus Peter Campbell) from South Uist is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist and actor. His poetry collection Aibisidh won the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award in 2011 and his novel Memory and Straw won the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2017. He was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor for the film Seachd in 2008. His most recent poetry collection Stèisean appeared with Luath Press in 2018. Sorley MacLean said of him, ‘I have no doubts that Angus Peter Campbell is one of the few really significant living poets in Scotland, writing in any language.’

Photo: Liondsaidh Chaimbeul

Events

Border Crossings »

Reading: Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, Shara Lessley

Fri 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Poem

An t-Òban

mar chuimhneachan air Iain Mac A’ Ghobhainn

Thàinig Harold Wilson dhan bhaile,
còt’-uisge geal air agus pìob na dhòrn

ach fhad’s is cuimhne leam
cha do chuir iad chariot òr

sìos gu Combie Street
far an robh Iain còir

a’ toirt fainear nan lilidhean
nan uile ghlòir.

 

Oban

in memory of Iain Crichton Smith

Harold Wilson came to town
in his white raincoat, pipe in hand

but as far as I recall
they didn’t send a gold chariot

down to Combie Street
where gentle Iain

was considering the lilies
arrayed in all their glory.

 

Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul (Angus Peter Campbell)