An acclaimed author, bàrd and storyteller Martin Macintyre has worked across these genres for over twenty years; he has written eight works of fiction and one collection of poems.
In 2003 his short-stories in Gaelic and English, Ath-Aithne (Re-acquaintance), won The Saltire Society First Book Award. His novels Gymnippers Diciadain (Wednesday Gymnippers) and An Latha As Fhaide (The Longest Day) were in contention for their Book of The Year awards in 2005 and 2008 while his second story collection Cala Bendita ’s a Bheannachdan (Cala Bendita and its Blessings) was shortlisted for both The Donald Meek Award and The Saltire Literary Book of The Year in 2014.
In 2018 his latest novel Samhradh ’78 (The Summer of ’78) was long-listed for the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year and Ath-Aithne was published in French as Un passe-temps pour l’été (A Summer Past-time) – a first for Gaelic fiction!
Martin has written two novels for younger people Tuath Air A Bhealach and ‘A’ Challaig Seo Challò’ the latter of which one The Donald Meek Award in 2013.
Martin’s bilingual poetry collection Dannsam Led Fhaileas / Let Me Dance With Your Shadow was published in 2006 and in 2007 he was crowned ‘Bàrd’ by An Comunn Gàidhealach. Since 2010 he has been an Edinburgh ‘Shore Poet’.
Martin has been a guest at Stanza, The Edinburgh International Book and Storytelling Festivals, Scotland Week in New York, IFOA Toronto and is a regular contributor to The Ullapool Book Festival.
‘This year Martin is seeking to publish a new collection of poems inspired by Catalonia and Wales.