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Film-poem (2022)
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and Alex Nichol

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Marcas Maighdean-ròin

2Maighdean-ròin is a commission from the Hands Across the Sea conference. It not only gave the gift of time and financial support to Marcas and Alex, but facilitated the deepening of their creative, collaborative relationship. Alex was particularly inspired by this text from Dùileach, the first of two seeking to re-situate the traditional Scottish Gaelic narrative of the Selkie, within a contemporary context. These works – textual and filmic – use the narrative as a metaphor to speak of prescient issues of our times: misogyny, coercive relationships and intimate partner abuse.

3In 2023, Marcas won the award for Poetry Recitation, in the Royal National Mòd's online competition, with the performance included in Maighdean-ròin.

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Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and Alex Nichol, “Maighdean-ròin”Angles [Online], 17 | 2024, Online since 01 June 2024, connection on 12 July 2024. URL:; DOI:

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About the authors

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

Edinburgh-based Marcas Mac an Tuairneir is an award-winning writer and singer, working in Gaelic, English and Polari. He is the Gaelic editor of Northwords Now and writes a monthly Gaelic Arts and Culture column for The List. His fourth collection Polaris (Leamington Books, 2022) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Derek Thompson Prize and a Saboteur Award. In 2023 he won the National Gaelic Award for Arts and Culture and the Gold Medal for poetry at the Royal National Mod, where he has won successive awards across literary genres. Marcas is the Makar of the Federations of Writers (Scotland) for 2024.

Alex Nichol

Alex Nichol is a filmmaker and artist from Glasgow, who produces cinematic stories. Her style is modern and dynamic, where she uses moving camera to portray emotion. She is a graduate from Perth UHI and the Glasgow School of Art, where she focused her practice on sound and moving image.

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