Lus na Tùise / Lavender

The second volume of Gaelic poetry by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir is titled after the ‘lavender generation’ of interwar gay rights activists. The poems portray a multitude of relationships, with the sense of an emotional life laid bare. The bilingual collection features 56 Scottish Gaelic poems with facing English translations by the poet, and a foreword by Dr. Emily McEwan-Fujita.

“To encounter Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and his writing is to learn the true meaning of duality. Living in a cultural world still bound by convention, a sea-urchin shell of necessary protection around a gentle soul: all of this is openly, lovingly, fiercely articulated in Marcas’s poems. To read them in either language is to begin to understand: to read them in both, with their subtly different refractions, is to illuminate a prismatic world of words.” —Mary Ann Kennedy, musician and broadcaster

Author: Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Date of Publication: November 2016
Price: $15.99 US | $20.99 CDN | £11.99 UK | €13.99 EU | $20.99 AUS
Format: Paperback
Size: 176 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9950998-4-5

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From 2018 onward, Bradan Press profits from the sale of Lus na Tùise / Lavender will be donated to the Youth Project, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Youth Project is located in Halifax and has a provincial mandate. They travel around the province of Nova Scotia to meet with youth in other communities. They provide a variety of programs and services including support groups, referrals, supportive counselling, a resource library, educational workshops, and social activities.


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