Smith, Iain Crichton

Smith, Iain Crichton
(1928-1998)
   Although born in Glasgow, he was brought up on the Gaelic speaking Hebridean Island of Lewis, with English as his second language. After graduating in English from Aberdeen University in 1949, and following National Service, he taught English at various high schools until he retired in 1977 to become a full-time writer. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1980 and won several literary prizes, awards and fellowships. Three Scottish uni366 versities awarded him honorary doctorates. He died at Oban, Argyllshire. He wrote in both English and Gaelic; a number of his poems explore the subject of the Highland Clearances, and one of his many novels, Consider the Lilies (1968), is an account of the eviction of an elderly woman during such times. Some of his publications: Modern Gaelic Verse, 1966. Selected Poems, 1970. Love Poems and Elegies, 1972. Selected Poems 1955-1982, 1982. Selected Poems, 1990. Collected Poems, 1992. Some of his poems: "Australia," "Culloden and After," "Deer on the High Hills: A Meditation," "Gaelic Songs," "Owl and Mouse," "Shall Gaelic Die?" "Towards the Stars."
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