The death of Iain Rothach (John Munro) in Flanders in 1918 deprived 20th century Gaelic literature of a promising young writer who used free verse in a new style of Gaelic poetry.
Sìleas na Ceapaich was the daughter of a Chief of the MacDonalds, perhaps best known for her elegant lament ‘Alasdair a Gleanna Garadh’.
Iain Crichton Smith was raised on Lewis and much of his poetry is grounded in the strict Presbyterian culture of the island, and his protest against it. He wrote both in Gaelic and English, novels, short fiction and poetry.
No Gaelic poet has had more influence on the generation that followed him than Derick Thomson. As poet, publisher, and editor of the literary quarterly Gairm, Thomson shaped the development of Gaelic writing in the post-war period.
Christopher Whyte has been an influential and controversial figure in Gaelic writing. His poetry together with his work as editor, translator and critic, have challenged assumptions about Gaelic poetry, while mapping out new territory for other poets to explore.