Martin MacIntyre / Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir

(1965 – present) - Lenzie, near Glasgow

Martin MacIntyre / Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir

Martin MacIntyre, or Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir in Scottish Gaelic, grew up in Lenzie, a town on the outskirts of Glasgow, but his family are originally from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Martin went on to study medicine at Aberdeen University, where he graduated in 1988. In 1992 he graduated from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on Skye, after studying Broadcasting and Gaeltachd studies. In the same year he won the first William Ross Prize for Gaelic Writing. One of his short stories, Love Games/Geamaichean-Gaoil, was broadcast in 2000 on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.

His writing flourished and in 2003 MacIntyre won the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award for his book, Ath-Aithne. Martin maintains the tradition set by Sorley Maclean in the 1940s of bringing Gaelic literature to the world stage. Whereas Maclean and his cohorts were from a traditional Protestant or Presbyterian background, the spirit of the Hebrides is also being skilfully conveyed by writers from the Catholic islands.

Martin was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursary in order to write the follow up to Ath-Aithne. Called Gymnippers Diciadain, the novel, set in Edinburgh, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Book of the Year in 2005. He has also written short stories and performed his own and others work. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.

  • Cover scan of Air a Thòir
    Air A Thòir - Paperback
    If you wanted to stalk a complete stranger in secret, how would you do it? Award-winning writer Martin MacIntyre is at his insightful, thought-provoking best as he draws us into a world both familiar and menacing, where his main characters play out their lives amid a vibrant supporting casr in a succession of vivid situations.
  • Cover scan of Ath-Aithne
    Ath-Aithne - Paperback
    Whether in Aldershot, Uist, Glasgow, Nicaragua or elsewhere, the characters are brought to life with intelligence, passion and humour. Love, war, death, passion, belonging, identity, uncertainty, desire, tragedy and joy are just some of the themes running through these 18 short stories.
  • Cover scan of Gymnippers Diciadain
    Gymnippers Diciadain - Paperback
    The two main characters in this Gaelic novel meet most Wednesdays while their respective children are in the gym. Their understanding of one another's lives, and feelings for one another, slowly grow.
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    An Latha As Fhaide - Paperback
    An emotive novel following the journey of Harris-born former diplomat, Neil MacLeod, as a health scare causes him to reassess his life and return to a variety of locations which have been significant to him over the years.
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    Let Me Dance With Your Shadow: Dannsam Led Fhaileas - Paperback
    This volume is a collection of poetry that uses a comtemporary voice to address themes of reflection, love, loss, culture, heritage, family and society that are traditional to Scotland. Each Gaelic poem is accompanied by a full English translation.