GAELIC POETRY: The 12 programmes were made by Caledonia TV for BBC ALBA.

By Rory Murphy

A NEW series on BBC ALBA celebrates the rich tradition and history of Gaelic poetry and its continued relevance in the present day.

In this series called Dàn twelve people choose and read the poems that are most  important to them or that have had an effect on them. The 12 programmes were made by Caledonia TV for BBC ALBA.

Caledonia TV producer, Ramsay MacMahon, said: “Poetry is so powerful. It can transport us to other places, it can remind us of a particular person or period in  time and it can tell us about our history and the world we live in.

“There is a great breadth of the most beautiful Gaelic verse across the 12 short programmes. From humorous poems to lullabies, the famous Gaelic bards to lesser-known ones, from village poets to ancient poetry that we often hear sung.”

The entire series will be available on iPlayer from this Saturday, April 24. After that each programme will be broadcast on BBC ALBA each day at 7.55pm from Monday to Thursday starting on Monday, April 26 until Thursday, May 13.

The series will also be available to watch on BBC ALBA YouTube and an English and Gaelic version of each poem will be published on the BBC website, visit:

Now what do you think of that poem? Women put their heads together. Picture by Bill Heaney

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