Kevin MacNeil, poet, novelist, playwright, lyricist and aphorist hails from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. He has been the recipient of a number of national and international literary honours and awards.
He was the British Council Writer in Residence at Uppsala University, Sweden, and prior to that was the inaugural Iain Crichton Smith Bilingual Writing Fellow. His poetry has been translated into ten languages. He has written for radio, television and film, and has collaborated with visual artists and musicians.
His poetry collections include Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate, 1998), which won the prestigious Tivoli Europa Giovani International Prize in 2000, and Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate, 2001). He has also published a novel, The Stornoway Way (2005).
Currently residing in Shetland, he claims to be living in solitary confinement, writing a new novel Singing for the Blue Men and a play for Dogstar Theatre and has recently officially sold the film option for The Stornoway Way. The William Campbell and Kevin MacNeil album is also about to drop. Instead of doing a 17 song album (half of it filler) the way many bands seem to do nowadays, they’ve kept it good and tight, with 8 tracks they are very happy with.
All of which is Excellent News.
Summer In Lewis (After Buson)
on the tshurtsh bell
(From Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides)