Aonghas MacNeacail

Aonghas MacNeacail has been a leading voice in Gaelic poetry for decades, as poet, and as a regular literary commentator in print and on Gaelic radio. He celebrated his seventieth birthday last year with a new selected poems, Laughing at the Clock / Déanamh Gáire Ris A' Chloc. MacNeacail came into the SPL to talk about his life and career, from his childhood in Uig on the Isle of Skye to his membership of Philip Hobsbaum's legendary writing group. He also talks about his struggles as a Gaelic speaker in an English language-dominated culture, including an oddly strenuous struggle with the telephone directory people. Image by Roddy Simpson.