Up the Glen & Doon the Village: Strathearn Oral History & Folklore

This book records a ‘pandemic project’ that was devised so that folk in the glens and villages of Strathearn could still enjoy sharing stories, information, news and laughter without breaking ‘lockdown’ rules.  Through these ordinary conversations we meet some extraordinary people; discover part of Scotland's history; learn about traditions that sustained a way of life, and listen to stories that might otherwise be forgotten.

Margaret Bennett

The Ithacan Sonnets: Penelope tae Odysseus

Whit an odyssey! Elaine Morton has turned the Greek epic tapsalteerie wi forty sonnets that gie insicht intae events thro the een o the owerluiked heroine, Penelope – a wumman wi a guid Scots tung in her heid. This version pruives that ye dinnae need tae stravaig ower seas whan adventures o the hert an hearth can be even mair upsteerin. The reader wull fi nd this Penelope speaks fur mony wummen weel ayont auncient Greece – wi nae cheynge there! Frances Robson.

Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit

50 Years o Lallans Poesie

Since it first kythit in 1972 The Scots Leid Associe/The Scots Language Society has ettled tae publish a fowth o screivins by the maist byordinair makars and screivers o Scots in the pages o its bi-annual magazine, Lallans. Lallans is a ferlie in itsel, haen survived and fordered tae rax tae its 100th issue in 2022.

Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit is an ingaitheran o some o the best wark by the heidmaist authors tae screive poetry in the Scots leid ower this hauf century o mensefou chynge in Scottish life, politics and cultur. It sterts wi the makars at the hinder-end o Scottish Leiterary Renaissance and taks the reader up intil the here and nou and the new generation o screivers, the bairns o the Scottish Parliement.

Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit is pruif that Scots is no a deean language. Alang wi Wunds That Blaw Sae Roch (The Scots prose anthology that is published sib wi it) it is steekit wi tentfou, thochtie and brawsome celebrations o our kintrae, our landscape, fowk, sangs, leir and history. While it celebrates the cairrying stream o bonnie screivers, some wha hae passed on, it bides relevant and luiks faurrit tae the hecht and hairst o the future.

Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit tells us that the Scots leid is whaur it aye has been - the ongaun and virrfou vyce o the fowk.


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Dundee Street Songs, Rhymes and Games: The William Montgomerie Collection 1952

In 1952 when these songs and rhymes were recorded in Hilltown, Dundee there may not have been a street or playground anywhere where the sound of children singing and playing was not part of everyday life.

Although there had been Scottish collectors of ‘bairn sangs’ since the 1820s, it was not until the 1940s that anyone in Scotland audio-recorded the actual sound of playground voices.

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The prestigious Iona and Peter Opie Prize for Children’s Folklore 2022 has been awarded to Scottish folklorist Margaret Bennett (Professor, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), for her book, Dundee Street Songs, Rhymes and Games: The William Montgomerie Collection, 1952, illustrated by Les McConnell. The prize was announced at the annual conference of the American Folklore Society, Oct. 2022.

Margaret Bennett

Dundee Street Songs, Rhymes and Games: The William Montgomerie Collection 1952

The voices of these school children captured the vitality of the local dialect, the spontaneity of their language-use outside the classroom, their repertoire of songs, rhymes and games, their musicality, as well as the sounds that echo the speed and accuracy of their hand-eye coordination.

Winner of the Iona and Peter Opie Prize for Children’s Folklore 2022

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      Margaret Bennett

We Are the Engineers!: They Taught Us Skills for Life

Scotland’s labour history has been the subject of many important studies, surveys, articles and books. Some of those published represent the invaluable collection of local groups and amateur historians, while others have been, and are, produced by academics and labour officials. The general expectation, even in Scotland, is that these works should be written in Standard English, regardless of the everyday speech of the workforce. For this publication, however, it seemed more important to transcribe, as recorded, the voices of folk whose vitality of language and expression gives a brighter reflection of their experiences during work and leisure.

This book has grown out of an oral history project, ‘The End of the Shift’, which aims to record the working practices and conditions of skilled workers in Scotland’s past industries. Publicity about the project caught the interest of a group of retired engineers, who had all served apprenticeships with a prestigious Kirkcaldy firm, Melville-Brodie Engineering Company. Having lived through times when Scotland seemed blighted by industrial closures, the engineers could identify with ‘the end of the shift’ as they had experienced the effect of closing down Melville-Brodie Engineering Company. The entire workforce was dispersed, and with it, the skills, expertise and wisdom of generations. Kirkcaldy also lost a company that had been the pride of Scottish engineering.

Margaret Bennett

Robert MacLeod: Miner Poet

This collection is a treasure trove of life in Fife in the early part of the 20th Century, created by the pen of Robert MacLeod. My generation caught the tail end of those riches of song and poetry, but Bob MacLeod was there and captured the age in his writings.

The great John Watt appreciated him hugely and, thanks to this lovingly restored archive, we all get to know the man and his work, so long forgotten. It’s wonderful, colourful and full of the human spirit.

Barbara Dixon,October 2015

Margaret Bennett with Eric Rice

Beatha, Òrain agus Ceòl Ethel NicChaluim.

In 1942 Ethel MacCallum was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree, where she became fluent in Gaelic and absorbed a wealth of tradition. Her natural gift of music and song was encouraged and she composed music and songs in Gaelic and English.

Though established musicians perform her compositions, her original work has not previously been published or copyrighted. Her life story, both fascinating and moving, along with her songs and music is the subject of a book and CD, which also aims to support the Gaelic language and help maintain Gaelic tradition in music and song.

'Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover' and Other West Highland Chronicles

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover” & Other West Highland Chronicles by Eric R. Cregeen. Edited by Margaret Bennett

Eric Cregeen’s groundbreaking research into the Argyll Estate Papers and into the oral tradition of the Scottish West Highlands are at the heart of this collection. During his appointment at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies, Cregeen tape-recorded tradition bearers in both Gaelic and English, gathering information that is today priceless, such as the descriptions of the last Argyll drover.
He was a founding member of the Scottish Oral History movement, but his tragically early death in 1983 robbed Scotland of a great scholar, social historian and folklorist and of other proposed books.
This collection, selected and edited by Professor  Margaret Bennett, will be welcomed by a wide range of readers, especially those who share Cregeen’s enthusiasm for ‘approaching the history of the Highlands with a mind alert to the claims of oral tradition.’
The book begins with a masterful introductory essay by the editor and also includes a comprehensive bibliography of Cregeen’s work. This edition brings invaluable and beautifully written material to a new generation keen to reconnect with Scotland's Highland history and tradition.

Margaret Bennett with Doris Rougvie

'In our day...' Reminiscences and Songs from Rural Perthshire

Life in the glens and villages of Perthshire is viewed through the eyes of shepherds, farmers, crofters, estate workers, housewives, gardeners, professionals, trades-people and children.
They all share reminiscences, stories, games, sayings and rhymes in Scots and Gaelic, which have been recorded for this book. Excerpts of transcriptions have been woven together by folklorist Margaret Bennett who also draws strands from written records.

Perthshire singer and tradition-bearer Doris Rougvie has also illustrated the book, which concludes with a selection of Perthshire songs. Along with several friends, Doris and Margaret have recorded all the songs, available on a CD from Grace Note Publications.

Margaret Bennett

Local, Social & Political History in the Repertoire of a Newfoundland-Irish Singer

This timeless Songs collection, recorded in Codroy Valley, Newfoundland, 1980 by folklorists Kenneth S. Goldstein and Margaret Bennett , is a tribute to singer Jerome Downey. This is not only a song book but is a Local, Social & Political History of Newfoundland’s Codroy Valley.

To appreciate the way of life in any part of Newfoundland, the reader should bear in mind that, until 1949, Canada was another country. Anyone born before that year, is, first and foremost, a Newfoundlander, belonging to a unique island with a long history – it has the distinction of being Britain’s oldest colony. Given that Canada’s newest province was less than twenty years old when Bennett first went there, it was very common to hear folk explain, ‘I’m not a Canadian, I’m a Newfoundlander.’ Thus, to understand the social, cultural and historical context of a song, it is essential to appreciate where it comes from, and especially to acknowledge the people who compose and sing the song.

If there is no land or work, there are no people, no livelihood, no stories, no music, no songs… (Gavin Sprott)

In the Codroy Valley, the folk who have worked on the land or fished the rivers and coastal waters for nearly two centuries are a mix of Irish, English, Scottish Gaels, French and Mi’kmaq. For as long as anyone remembers, they have enjoyed getting together for ‘a few tunes’, songs, yarns and a cup of tea. The kettle is always on the stove and, more often than not, a few glasses appear from the cupboard and make their way to the kitchen table– they need no excuse for a ceilidh or a kitchen party, with accordions, bagpipes, fiddles, guitars, spoons and mandolins as well as songs that would lift the heaviest heart. To Jerome and his people, songs and music are way of life. Hardcopy and Complementary CD can be obtained from Grace Note Publications at £15.00

Margaret Bennett with Doris Rougvie

Nell Hannah: Aye Singin an Spinnin Yarns

Nell Hannahwas born in rural Aberdeenshire in 1920 and grew in Turriff, where her family scraped a meagre living as domestic and farm servants. After the outbreak of WWII, Nell and her sister Margaret moved with their mother to Perthshire, where all three got jobs at the Stanley Mill. At the time, it was running full tilt to produce webbing for military requirements and despite long hours and austere conditions; Nell recalls her years as a mill lassie as being memorably happy.

In conversation with folklorist Margaret Bennettand long-time friend and fellow-singer,Doris Rougvie, Nell shares a life-time of reminiscences and songs. In recalling the hey-day of an industry that shut down in the 1980s, she constructs an oral history of life in war-time Perthshire. Then, following life’s paths with its twists and turns, Nell tells how, at the age of sixty-nine, she discovered her gift of singing and entertaining. Having made her first recording, a cassette, at the age of seventy, and her fifth CD at the age of 90, Nell can hold an audience in the palm of her hand.

Margaret Bennett

The Legacy of Allan MacArthur: Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations

Dileab Ailein:

This book discusses the history and traditions of a community of Scottish Gaels who emigrated from the Isle of Canna and Moidart in the nineteenth century and settled in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland. Based on fieldwork recordings from 1969 to 2007, the book and double CD production celebrates four generations of the remarkable MacArthur family whose vibrant Scottish Gaelic traditions of song and music both endured and evolved through each generation to the present day. Price £10.00

Margaret Bennett

Notes and Memories of Music-making with Martyn Bennett

The book features notes and memories of music-making of artist Martyn Bennett.

This work includes topics such as: a short biography and discussion of ethnomusicology of the Scottish music composed and performed by Martyn Bennett. Compiled by folklorist and singer Margaret Bennett (Martyn's mother), the book is a collection of evocative, informative and amusing anecdotes from a wide range of contributors including Brian McNeill, Cathal McConnel, Sheila Stewart, Martyn's piping teacher, fellow musicians and friends. Price £ 10.00


Donald Campbell, Duncan Glen, Tessa Ransford, Trevor Royle,  William Hershaw, Alasdair Gray, Margaret Bennett, and  John Herdman

The interviews in this collection were recorded over a period of fifteen years between 2006 and 2020. They include leading figures in our national poetry, drama, the novel, short story, history, and folk-studies, as well as publishing, education and broadcasting.

WALTER PERRIE grew up in Lanarkshire in the 1950s and was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, philosophical and critical essays and pamphlets, as well as a book on Eastern Europe, Roads that Move (Mainstream, 1991), written in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2020 Grace Note Publications published Walter Perrie’s celebrated lyrical autobiography in 101 poems, The Ages of Water.

Book Review by Haden Murphy

The eight interviews in this handsome publication by the Scottish poet and scholar Walter Perrie were recorded between 2006-2020. The subjects are Dramatist Donald Campbell, publisher Duncan Glen, Poet and founder of the Scottish Poetry Library Tessa Ransford, Historian and first Literary Director of the Scottish Arts Council (1971-78) Trevor Royle, Scots language poet William Hershaw, novelists Alasdair Gray and John Herdman and singer and folklorist Margaret Bennett. The conversations with Royle and Ransford are essential for all interested in cultural matters in Scotland over the last half-century.

Walter Perrie

The Ages of Water

This major collection of mature work by a Scottish poet who still lacks the degree of recognition he deserves is, as implied by its epigraph, a complex composite autobiography of the inner life. It articulates the progression of the self from infancy to adulthood and onwards to the long preparation for death which is the path we must all take. One of the principal ways in which it does so lies in its intense engagement with and love of nature, for, to cite the title of a key poem, “All Things are Signs”, as Boehme knew. More than that, they are “shadows cast by the invisible”, and the extraordinary sensuous beauty of so many of these poems is the measure of the spiritual sensibility which pervasively informs them

“As such, The Ages of Water guides us through a spectrum of moods and emotions with language, like water, that is always clear and lucid. Ultimately, it is water and language that shape the vistas of this book and the life that Perrie marks and recounts is one that is simultaneously anabasis and katabasis – a voyage inwards and out, a descent as much as an ascent, a journey to the source and the terminus.”  Review By Richie McCaffery  GO TO: <https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2023/11/the-ages-of-water-by-walter-perrie/> 

William Hershaw Les   McConnell

The Sair Road: Stations of the Cross

“The Sair Road, written by William Hershaw and illustrated by Les McConnell, is a poem sequence written in Scots based on the Stations of the Cross and set in Fife during the coal mining strikes of the twentieth century.

“In The Sair Road by William Hershaw pays tribute to miners and their communities, setting their tragedies and resilience in the context of the last days of Christ. The structure of the Stations of the Cross (plus a song and some fine Beatitudes by way of conclusion) works well. And there’s a helpful introduction, setting out his purpose.
His rich, authentic Scots is well-suited to express this drouth for richt. That he can find humour as well as pathos as the story relentlessly unfolds, is a measure of his skill.
Les McConnell’s drawings are a potent addition to the words – transforming the biblical narrative to a 20th century Fife coal-mining landscape.
With their powerful words and images these two artists have revealed the dignity of a mining community.” Review by Christine DeLuca

William Hershaw

Postcairds Fae Woodwick Mill: Orkney Poems in Scots

In Postcairds Fae Woodwick Mill, Fife goes to Orkney, and comes back again, and the meeting of people and places is a rich and moving exchange.

Wullie Hershaw has redd up a braw feast for his readers. Legend, ballad, folklore and song – the roots of our literature – are everywhere. Ghostly hares and grey men move across the pages; God and gods, witches and saints, otters and dominies populate the maze.

Beware: it may be longer than you imagine before you re-emerge.

A note from James Robertson, Fife 2014

Tom Hubbard -

The Devil and Michael Scot:  A Gallimaufry of Fife and Beyond

This book offers you a virtual tour of much of Fife, mainly of its ‘fringe of gold’. It starts just west of Newburgh at the border with Perthshire and ends at the Kincardine Bridge, with substantial forays inland. The county’s international bearings are highlighted, with poetry and prose invoking ancestral ‘Fifers’ such as the Russian poet Mikhaïl Lermontov and the American novelist Herman Melville of ‘Moby-Dick'. Goethe’s ‘Faust' finds a Scottish accent of sorts (as also the Shakespeare of ‘Macbeth' and ‘The Tempest'), and Alexander Pushkin unknowingly borrows a tale from Dunfermline’s Robert Henrysoun.The centre-piece, which provides the title of our gallimaufry, is a play based on the vicissitudes of Michael Scot of Balwearie, the medieval polymath famous in both legend and history, and centering on his pact with the devil. More recent local heroes are celebrated, not least Joe Corrie of ‘In Time o’ Strife'. ‘This is what makes Tom Hubbard such a rewarding guide: a man steeped in the places and tales of the Kinrick who doesn’t get run over by them, rather he manages to unfold fresh visions, partly because - as cosmopolitan traveller and translator, all human effort lies before him.’ A note from CHRISTOPHER HARVIE

Arthur in Venice

Arthur’s Travel Guides for Children:One day something extraordinary happened to me. Something hard to believe. Something I couldn’t tell grown ups, they’d think I was mad: I had a dream that was more than a dream, how can I explain? It’s difficult…. Best that I tell you the whole story."The sun was coming up over the horizon and the sky was full of beautiful pale pink reflections. I saw a city slowly waking up, but instead of streets, there was water, and instead of cars there were boats. It was strange, it was magnificent." ARTHUR IN VENICE.

Arthur à Londres -

French version

One day something extraordinary happened to me, something difficult tobelieve. A thing I cannot explain to grown-ups, they would take me for a fool. Ihad a dream that was more than a dream, how can I explain? It’s probablybest that I tell you my story:

Travelling had always been my dream; and when I realised I had an amazing secret power to travel in my dreams, I had only one thought: when would it happen again? And where would it take me? Yet it all turned out very differently from how I imagined…

English and French edition

Artair ann an Geneva

(Scots Gaelic)

Eadar-theangachadh gu Gàidhlig de Arthur à Genève : ’S e balach gleusta, feòrachail a th’ ann an Artair agus tha e a’ fuireach air an dùthaich.

An oidhche bha seo, chaidil e air beulaibh braidseal de theine fiodha agus fhuair e tàlant iongantach: thèid aige air siubhal na bhruadaran, agus cha b’ fhada gus an robh e ann an seann bhaile Geneva. An sin thadhail e air na seallaidhean àlainn le bhith a’ fuasgladh tòimhseachan annasach. Mu dheireadh, thadhail e air Balla an Ath-leasachaidh mus do thill e dhachaigh.

Scottish Gaelic translation of Arthur à Genève: Arthur is a bright and curious young boy who lives in the countryside.

One night, he falls asleep close to roaring log fire and he discovers an amazing gift: he can travel in his dreams and soon finds himself in the old town of the city of Geneva. There he visits beautiful places by solving a mysterious riddle and finally visits the Wall of Reformation before returning home.


The poems in Fugitives fall into three categories: new poems, previously uncollected poems, and translations. Most of them have appeared at one time or another in magazines and newspapers.

“He writes a robust and finely tuned poetry, a poetry that is empathetic to the casual people that our confused society throws up”Robert Garioch,Lines Review

“Campbell’s resourceful craftsmanship and his ear for the authentic allow him to range confidently over a wide variety of forms and subjects.”James AitchisonScotland on Sunday

“I find many of Campbell’s poems very pure, with a piercing sense of the ‘lacrimae rerum’ of which Vergil wrote. It is unusual nowadays to find such purity of tone.”Iain Crichton SmithThe Scotsman

Heard in the cougait:

Poems by Donald Campbell from the engravings of Walter Geikie

When I first came across Geikie’s prints I was immediately struck by their near photographic quality and by the fact that his characters are portrayed in specific situation, thereby providing us a detailed picture of working-class life in the Victorian era.

Saint Johnny: A Study in Historical Imagination

In his first novel, Owen Dudley Edwards views the story of the pilgrimage and passion of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Johnny, his youngest disciple.

"Johnny loved Jesus. Read this breathtaking novel, and you can imagine how he came to write the wonderful Fourth Gospel." Richard Holloway

"It is not only a marvellous synthesis of the historical and literary imagination, but also a deeply moving meditation on childhood and its centrality to our culture." Declan Kiberd

“Big, bold experiment, and a timely reminder that the greatest stories ever told are always open to fresh retellings.” James Robertson

Eavesdropping on Myself:

An Outsider's Boyhood in Glasgow

In Eavesdropping on Myself, Norman chronicles his boyhood in Glasgow and explores the push-pull of two cultures:

working-class Glaswegian and first-generation Hebridean

This is Norman Maclean at his best – by turns sharp, funny and melancholic. The original lad o’ pairts, Maclean has a literary voice shaped, but never confined, by the places and languages of his youth. Eavesdropping on Myself finds him picking over his childhood with an unsparing eye. We knew he was a master storyteller; only now are we getting the measure of his own story. No reader could forget it. -

Fraser MacDonald

Norman Maclean is one of the most resonant voices in Scotland. With one voice he articulates the tangled dualities of Scottish experience today: of tradition and modernity, highland and lowland, rural and urban, working class and middle class, local and worldly. His perspective straddles different classes, different languages and different lives, at once divided and unified. If Norman is speaking, then we should be listening. -

Jamie Chambers

Anent Hamish Henderson:

Essays, Poems, Interviews

Anent Hamish Henderson – Essays, Poems, Interviews brings together more than twenty contributions ranging from fond memory to critical inquiry anent the late Hamish Henderson, Scotland’s leading folklorist of the twentieth century, remarkable poet and songwriter, and political activist.

Contributors: Keith Armstrong, Margaret Bennett, Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort, Ray Burnett, David Daiches, Lesley Duncan, Archie Fisher, Howard Glasser, George Gunn, William Hershaw, Tom Hubbard, John Lucas, Richie McCaffery, Geordie McIntyre, Dolina Maclennan, Allan McMillan, Alison McMorland, Ewan McVicar, Andrew Means, Donald Meek, Jan Miller, Timothy Neat, Colin Nicholson, Mario Relich, Jennie Renton, Donald Smith and Sheena Wellington.

'Tis Sixty Years Since:

The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival

This book marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and collects views and perspectives on the way the Scottish Folk Revival has evolved over the past sixty years.

The Ceilidh at Oddfellows' Hall was a catalyst for the modern Scottish Folk Revival. It was presided over by Hamish Henderson and recorded by Alan Lomax. Also in 1951, the School of Scottish Studies was founded at the University of Edinburgh.

At Hame Wi' Freedom

Essays on Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival

At Hame Wi’ Freedom marks the tenth anniversary of Hamish Henderson’s death in 2002. It is the third book of a loose trilogy: Borne on the Carrying Stream (GNP, 2010), followed by ‘Tis Sixty Years Since (GNP, 2011); all revolving around the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival he did so much to inspire and sustain.

'At Hame wi’ Freedom' focuses on Hamish Henderson’s involvement in the revival, his association with Perthshire and the North-East, the emergence of his poetic voice, and his political activism. It also features Pino Mereu’s poetic evocation of the Anzio (Beachhead) Pipe Band and the 2011 Hamish Henderson Memorial Lecture by Owen Dudley Edwards. Further contributions are from Eberhard Bort, Maurice Fleming, Fred Freeman, George Gunn, Tom Hubbard, Alison McMorland, Ewan McVicar, Hayden Murphy and Belle Stewart.

Borne on the Carrying Stream:

The Legacy of Hamish Henderson

Hamish Henderson poet, soldier, scholar, folklorist, song-maker and political activist. Eighteen essays engaging with aspects of Hamish Henderson's remarkable contribution to contemporary Scottish culture - from song-writing and song-collecting to poetry and politics.

Edinburgh Folk Club's annual Carrying Stream Festival celebrates the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson. A selection of the Festival's Hamish Henderson Lectures, together with the other contributions, paint a fascinating picture of this multi-facetted Scot-'Father of the Scottish Folk Revival'.(http://www.hendersontrust.org/index.php/en/).


The Nine Lives of Wicked William

WikkedWillisSagais based on the life of a real cat that was born in the shop at Lochboisdale Pier. He found a home with a nearby crofter, Màiri Anndra, who shared her house with American folklorist and song collector Margaret Fay Shaw.

When Margaret moved to Barra to marry John Lorne Campbell, Màiri insisted she take with her this remarkable cat. Willi stayed with her when the couple later made their home in Canna. (Adapted from Margaret Fay Shaw,From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides: An Autobiography)

Uirsgeul Uilleim Dhona:

Naoi Beathannan Cait Uilc (Scots Gaelic)

Tha mar stèidh aig Uirsgeul Uilleim Dhona cat a bha ann dha-rìribh is a rugadh sa bhùthaidh air Cidhe Loch Baghasdail. Rinn e a dhachaigh còmhla ri Màiri Anndra, tè aig an robh croit faisg air làimh, is bha ban-Ameireaganach le ùidh an cruinneachadh beul-aithris is òran, Mairead Fay Sheathach, a’ fuireach còmhla rithese.

Nuair a dh’fhalbh Mairead a Bharraigh a phòsadh Iain Latharna Chaimbeil, thug Màiri oirre an cat annasach seo a thoirt leatha. Agus dh’fhan Uilleam còmhla ri Mairead nuair a chaidh a’ chàraid a dh’fhuireach a Chanaigh. (Air a tharraing à From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides: An Autobiography le Margaret Fay Shaw)

Taghadh de Sgeulachdan Inspeactair Rebus

(Scots Gaelic)

Thàinig an taghadh seo de sgeulachdan eucoir Ian Rankin às na cruinnichidhean aige A GOOD HANGING (1992) agus BEGGARS BANQUET (2002). Clàradh, Mallachd Dean, A’ faicinn Rudan, Auld Lang Syne agus Club nam Fear-uasal – agus Freagairt Ceàrr, Balla-ciùil, Uinneag a’ Chothruim, Bitheamaid Geanach agus Thadhail Cuideigin air Eddie. Ann an naoi de na sgeulachdan tha rannsachadh le Inspeactair John Rebus. An aon sgeulachd anns nach eil Rebus ’s e ‘Thadhail Cuideigin air Eddie’. A rèir Ian Rankin, tha an sgeulachd sin mu mhodh-obrach nam poileas: “Tha murtair innte, chaidh cuideigin a mhurt agus tha car san deireadh.”

English Summary

This selection from Ian Rankin’s crime stories is taken from the collections A GOOD HANGING (1992) and BEGGARS BANQUET (2002). Playback, The Dean Curse, Seeing Things, Auld Lang Syne and The Gentlemen’s Club - and Trip Trap, Facing the Music, Window of Opportunity, No Sanity Clause and Someone Got to Eddie. Nine stories feature investigations by Inspector John Rebus. The only story that does not feature Rebus is ‘Someone Got to Eddie’. That story, according to Ian Rankin, is essentially a police procedural: “It’s got a killer, it’s a got a murder victim and it’s got a twist at the end.”

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