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Gaelic Hygge

1 month ago   |   By TLS

Like his fellow Lewisman Iain Mac a' Ghobhainn/Iain Crichton Smith, Pàdraig MacAoidh/Peter Mackay is double-named as well as double-tongued. The author of a study of Sorley MacLean and one previous collection, Gu Leòr/Galore , Mackay writes bilingually in a style that is now classically high-minded, now flinty as the Lewis garage band Peat and Diesel. The aposiopesis of Mackay's title opens an empty space he peoples with all manner of uncanny visions, from the opening “Impenetrable Lynchian Title Sequence” to tales of germ warfare and perhaps the daftest ever answer to an interview...
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