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Isle of Skye lecturer visits P.E.I.'s Macphail Homestead Aug. 18

Iain S. MacPherson.
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Iain S. MacPherson of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, is visiting P.E.I. to give a talk on a Scottish poem about P.E.I.

Calum Bàn Buchanan’s totemic 1803 Gaelic song-poem called ‘‘Imrich nan Eileanach (Emigration of the Islanders)” is one of the most all-encompassing and engaged P.E.I.-based and P.E.I.-composed pieces in the entire canon of Scottish Gaelic literature regarding migration and displacement.

The talk will feature a reading of MacPherson’s modern translation of the song-poem originally commissioned for the 2003 celebrations of the Polly’s arrival in P.E.I. It will be given in memory of the late Harry Baglole, who died in May but who was instrumental in planning this talk.

MacPherson brings the language and culture of Scottish Gaelic alive and no previous knowledge of Gaelic is necessary in order to learn from and enjoy his talk. The event will get underway at 6:30 p.m. today at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead. A cash bar will be available and admission is by donation. For further details contact Angela Jeffrey at macphailhomestead@gmail.com or go to www.macphailhomestead.ca.

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