This year we have introduced a new element to the Best Scottish Poems format with the addition of a Gaelic editor. Niall O’Gallagher agreed to edit this years Best Scottish Poems in Gaelic was asked to choose two poems that showcased poetry written in Gaelic.
Niall O’Gallagher received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust / Gaelic Books Council to work on his first collection of poems, Beatha Ùr, published by Clàr in 2013. This was followed by Suain nan Trì Latha (Clàr, 2016). A third collection is due in 2020. Niall is poetry editor of the Gaelic journal STEALL. In 2019 he was named Bàrd Baile Ghlaschu, the city of Glasgow’s first Gaelic laureate.
O’Gallagher said, ‘It’s a rich, vibrant time for Gaelic poetry in Scotland, with new writers breaking through and established poets doing some of their most ambitious work.’