Published: 16/10/2014 13:55 - Updated: 15/10/2014 14:08

Gaelic poets recruited for WWI anthology

A modern look at the events of World War I will feature in Acair's new anthology.
A modern look at the events of World War I will feature in Acair's new anthology.

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal is launching a search for new Gaelic poetry about World War I.

The broadcaster has researched over 200 pieces of poetry on the conflict for its programmes, including Seachdain sa Chogadh.

Now, in partnership with Leiwis-based publisher Acair and The Gaelic Books Council, it is helping prepare the first anthology of World War One Gaelic Poetry for publication in 2015.

Established and well-known pieces from bards such as Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorunna and Murdo MacFarlane will be included in addition to pieces from less well-known poets.

The publication will include sections on pre-war poetry, the war at the front line, the effects of the war on the community at home and reflections post-war.

Importantly, however, how our generation views the First World War will also be a key element of the publication.

Today’s poets of all ages are invited to submit their contributions to be included in this landmark collection. Five pieces will be chosen to close the final section of the publication and other pieces will be considered for broadcast on Radio nan Gàidheal programmes commemorating the First World War

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal welcome all submissions of work by 30th November 2014.

For further information contact BBC Radio nan Gaidheal on 01851 705000 or annella.macleod@bbc.co.uk

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