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Mid Summer Readings // Alec Finlay and Meg Bateman

Photo of poets Alec Findlay and Meg Bateman smiling and embracing

Date:
21 June 2011

On the 21st of June 2011, artist, poet and publisher Alec Finlay was joined by Gaelic poet and writer Meg Bateman for an evening of poetry at The Isle of Skye Baking Company hosted in collaboration with The Skye Reading Room.

Alec Finlay had recently completed The Road North with Ken Cockburn. For a year, the pair traveled through Scotland using Japanese poet Basho’s “Oku-no-Hosomichi” (“Narrow Road to the Deep North”) as their guide. Ken and Alec left Edinburgh on the 16th of May 2010–the same date that Basho and his companion Sora departed Edo in 1689–aiming to drink 53 types of tea and 53 types of whisky, and to devise 53 collaborative audio and visual poems. They completed their journey a year later at Glasgow’s hidden gardens, where they were joined by some of those they had met along the way.

Meg Bateman is a Gaelic poet and writer is based in Sleat, where she is a lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Meg has worked on a collaborative visual arts research project between Dundee University and Sabhal Mòr, “Window to the West.” She writes mostly about time and has begun writing in English, a medium she describes as very different from Gaelic. She is working on a collection of English poems, “Transparencies,” exploring the nature of time.