Author Liz Macrae Shaw from Skye will read from her novel Love and Music Will Endure, based on the life of Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, followed by an opportunity for discussion and book signing.
Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, poet and political campaigner was born into a crofting family in nineteenth century Skye. Her powerful voice was only unleashed in middle age when she was falsely accused of theft. She poured her rage and despair into songs about the plight of her fellow Highlanders who were being driven from their homes. Through force of character she overcame the barriers of background, class and gender to become their champion and inspiration. Finally she had to face up to the failures of the campaign for crofters' rights and the disillusionment of the returning exile. So her life reflected the truth of the Gaelic proverb, which translates as 'When the world comes to an end only love and music will endure'.
‘To call this a historical novel, despite its being rooted in history, would be to place it in a straitjacket: like its central character, it overflows with spirit, and carries the reader along on its compelling tide of narrative. This is a book rich in detail, beautifully observed, itself poetic, which allows us to meet a great (in more ways than one) woman, the people, grand and small, whom she influenced and those who, for good or ill, shaped her view on life.’ Aonghas Macneacail
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