Mac an Tuairneir
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir works in Gaelic an English as is a critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, across genres, including poetry, prose, songwriting, drama, arts criticism and journalism. He has published two poetry collections ('Deò', Gracenote, 2013; 'Lus na Tùise', Bradan Press, 2016) as well as the co-authored pamphlet 'beul-fo-bhonn / heelster-gowdie' (Tapsalteerie, 2017).
He was the recipient of the Wigtown Gaelic Poetry Prize in 2017 as well as accolades from the Skye Reading Room, Highland Literary Salon, Scottish Association of Writers, National William Blake Prize and Strokestown Book Festival. His two full-length plays won the Stornoway Gazette Trophy at the Royal National Mòd.
He is poet-in-residence at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and is a board-member of the Scottish Poetry Library as well as a long-time advocate for Gaelic literature, specifically on panels and committees hosted with The Saltire Society, The Scottish Book Trust and The Federation of Writers (Scotland).
Mac an Tuairneir
One of Gaeldom’s most exciting emergent singer-songwriters Marcas Mac an Tuairneir was the recipient of the award for a new Gaelic song at the 2018 Royal National Mòd.
In 2020 he was selected to represent Scotland at Liet International – minoritised languages’ answer to the Eurovision Song Contest – in Aabenraa, Denmark. The song ‘Dumbbells’ was co-written with Josie Duncan and Marit Fält for ‘Bogha-frois’, the Creative Scotland Open Project Funded LGBT folk music project and was premiered at Celtic Connections in 2019.
Marcas was a Mòd Gold Medal Finalist in 2016 and a Mòd Traditional Gold Medal Finalist in 2019.