Mystery Of The Hills, The

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AR01Making Contact20111018By Andrew Greig.|Read by Liam Brennan.|A poet reflects upon a romantic encounter from his youth, which taught him the value of language and the nature of identity.|First in a series of stories commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of the Highland poet Sorley MacLean.|Awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1990, MacLean is regarded as the greatest Gaelic poet of the Twentieth Century, giving new literary standing to a language which has at times seemed close to extinction.|MacLean was born in October 1911 on Raasay, a small island lying off the east coast of Skye, into a family immersed in Highland history and culture.|It is often said that what Hugh MacDiarmid did for Scots, Sorley MacLean did for Gaelic, sparking a Gaelic renaissance in Scottish literature.|He was also instrumental in preserving and promoting the teaching of Gaelic in Scottish schools.|He died in 1996.|Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.|A poet reflects upon lessons learned from a failed affair.
AR02The Girl With The Red Hair20111019By Mairi MacLeod.|Read by Mairi Morrison.|A young Skye woman, Eilidh, stops for a break during a walk in the Cuillin mountains.|In her rucksack she carries a recent gift: the collected poems of Sorley MacLean.|As she begins to read, she hears a woman singing and is transported by the sadness in her voice.|Who is the stranger; what tragedy has she suffered?|Second in a series of stories specially commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of the Highland poet Sorley MacLean.|A warded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1990, MacLean is regarded as the greatest Gaelic poet of the Twentieth Century, giving new literary standing to a language which has at times seemed close to extinction.|MacLean was born in October 1911 on Raasay, a small island lying off the east coast of Skye, into a family immersed in Highland history and culture.|It is often said that what Hugh MacDiarmid did for Scots, Sorley MacLean did for Gaelic, sparking a Gaelic renaissance in Scottish literature.|He was also instrumental in preserving and promoting the teaching of Gaelic in Scottish schools.|He died in 1996.|Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.|A woman has a mystical experience while walking in Skye's Cuillin mountains.
AR03 LASTHallaig20111020By Iain Finlay MacLeod.|Read by Tony Kearney.|A man reflects upon the consequences of a decision made too lightly.|Hebridean writer Iain Finlay MacLeod completes this series of stories specially commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of the Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean.|The title of this story refers to MacLean's great poem "Hallaig", while lines from the poem "The Choice" are central to the story's theme.|Both poems can be read in full on MacLean's official website (see link opposite).|Sorley MacLean was born in October 1911 on Raasay, a small island lying off the east coast of Skye, into a family immersed in Highland history and culture.|Awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1990, he is regarded as the greatest Gaelic poet of the Twentieth Century, giving new literary standing to a language which at times seemed close to extinction.|Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.|By Iain F MacLeod.