Bradan Press is proud to announce the November 2017 publication of our newest book, Ràithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking by Nova Scotia poet Lodaidh MacFhionghain (Lewis MacKinnon).

The book, the author’s fourth Scottish Gaelic poetry collection, features translations of the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi as interpreted by the well-known U.S. poet Coleman Barks, alongside MacKinnon’s own original poems.

The poems in the collection are grouped thematically in sections corresponding to days that are celebrated in the Gaelic cultural calendar year in Nova Scotia, starting with An t-Samhainn, the end of the harvest, and including the feast days of St. Brigit, St. Patrick, and St. Columba.

The upcoming book launch concert, an evening of Celtic and Middle Eastern fusion, will pair the art and wisdom of Rumi and the Gaels. Acclaimed musicians Saeed Foroughi, Scott Macmillan, Mohammad Sahraei, and members of traditional Gaelic milling group An Cliath Clis blend Persian and Gaelic musical traditions to accompany the author’s reading of selections of Rumi’s poetry in Gaelic translation from the new book.

The launch concert will be at 7pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tickets are available from tickethalifax.com.

Raithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking cover