Acair had a successful evening at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat recently for the launch of Catrìona Lexy Campbell’s new book, Cluicheadairean. This is the second novel to be published as part of Aiteal, the new series of Gaelic fiction from Acair.
The launch took place at Gaelic college, which is currently celebrating it’s 40th anniversary and where Catriona Lexy is currently writer in residence.
After hearing extracts from the book, a lively discussion took place on some of the novel’s central themes, including homophobia in sport.
Chairing the discussion, Mark Wringe, presenter of Leugh an Leabhar on Radio nan Gàidheal said of the book: “It’s an excellent novel on a new topic, but easy to immerse yourself in as result of the writing style.”
This is an exciting time for Gaelic fiction with the launch of Cluicheadairean coming just two months after the launch of the Aiteal series with Andrew Dunn’s first novel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Catriona Lexy has already made a name for herself in Gaelic literature and drama, and has recently garnered praise for her part in MacBheatha, the new Gaelic translation of the famous Shakespeare play.
She has also recently written her own Gaelic play, Doras Dùinte, which is currently being shown in Oran Mòr in Glasgow as part of A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
Cluicheadairen is her second novel in Gaelic for adults and is now available from Acair. Her first novel, Samhraidhean Dìomhair, was published as part of the Ùr-Sgeul series.