The Scottish Island Writers Network (SIWN) is very pleased to be able to announce the forthcoming publication by Polygon, of a new landmark anthology of Scottish Island poetry. The anthology is edited by Kevin MacNeil, and the project has received the financial backing of SIWN for associated launch and author events.

Many of Scotland’s most important poets grew up or chose to live on Scottish islands. This anthology pays tribute to the islands’ creative output by bringing together a huge array of poetic talent, from the internationally-renowned – Sorley Maclean, Iain Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hugh MacDairmid – to those fantastic poets deserving of more attention – Jim Mainland, Aonghas MacNeacail, Meg Bateman, Alex Cluness, Jen Hadfield, and many more – in one wonderful collection. With poems exploring the themes of love, language, landscape, identity and belonging, These Islands, We Sing is a significant and heartfelt celebration of poetry and place.

Editor Kevin MacNeil was born and raised in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Novelist, poet, playwright, editor, aphorist and lyricist, his books include A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and HydeThe Stornoway WayLove and Zen in the Outer Hebrides and Be Wise Be Otherwise. He is currently working on an album with William Campbell, a new novel, a film, a play and a travelogue-memoir based on his 1,300km cycle down the Danube in September 2009 for two cancer charities.

A full listing of author events will be available in the near future.

To receive notification of the publication and to buy a copy please go to:

http://www.birlinn.co.uk/book/details/These-Islands–We-Sing-9781846971969/