‘We need to recognise the bawdy sense of mischief that was common currency in the tradition before it was swept aside by the religious revival in the 19th century. In contrast to the shortbread tin image of Highland culture, this sheds vital light on the past and the present – as Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair would have it, breasts, pricks, warts and all’.
About Peter Mackay
Lecturer in Literature, University of St Andrews. Originally from the Isle of Lewis, he has written inter alia a book on Sorley MacLean’s poetry and is co-editor, with Iain S MacPherson, of An Leabhar Liath: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse.