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Meg Bateman

Born in Edinburgh, Meg Bateman (b. 1959) is an academic and poet based in the Isle of Skye. Bateman studied Gaelic at Aberdeen University and went on to achieve a doctorate in Classical Gaelic religious poetry. Still heavily involved in academia, Bateman teaches at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the national centre for the Gaelic language and culture.

Her poetry collections have been widely published and translated and Bateman has been a much sought-after voice of Gaelic poetry since the 1990s when her writing first emerged. In 2011, Bateman published her first Scottish Gaelic short story Chanadh gun d’chur i às dha, which appeared in Saorsa – a collection of short stories published by CLÀR.

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