Sorley Maclean, the greatest Gaelic poet of the twentieth century, has a deep relationship with Edinburgh. He was a student in the city, and then a teacher, and it was in the city that he wrote some of his most important poetry. However, for Maclean it was ‘baile glas gun ghathadh grèine’ - a grey town with no rays of sunlight. This paper will look at the ambiguous relationship between Maclean, and Gaelic poetry more broadly, and this 'grey' city...Dr Peter Mackay is a Lecturer in Literature in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Sorley Maclean (RIISS 2011).All events in our lecture series include an opportunity to meet the guest lecturer, coffee and cakes and all special tour of the Castle.Take advantage of our offer. Book 10 lectures today for a special price: £86.63.