Niall Campbell grew up on South Uist in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, and his first collection, Moontide, is filled with images of the island's seascapes, its myths, its wildlife, and the long dark of its winters.
Quietly reflective and deftly musical, these thoughtful poems resonate with silence and song, mystery and wonder, exploring ideas of companionship and withdrawal, love and the stillness of solitude. After winning an Eric Gregory Award in 2011, Niall Campbell published a widely praised pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, in 2012, and won the Poetry London Competition in 2013.
Now this highly assured debut collection will establish him as one of the most distinctive lyric voices to emerge from Scotland in recent years.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 64 pages
- Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/04/2014
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781780371184
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Review by summonedbyfells
Scotland's off-shore poetry platform is getting quite a boost these days what with Jen Hadfield on the Shetland Isles (Byssus) and now Nial Campbell from South Uist has his first full collection: Moontide, published by Bloodaxe Books. His work is full of salt tang and sails the seas of place, being, memory and meaning. For me one of the best fresh new voices on the Scottish poetry scene. Campbell has moved to Edinburgh, so the prospects are good for this fine new voice, one to watch. Long may the ferryman whistle....CROSSINGSay that the song was never writtenwould it have settled there, I wonder,on that far shore of the tongue's river,singing itself, stubbing its heelsinto the bank that is pure air?Or would it wait for further passage?stood on the quay so long untila form all spit and bone and light.Am I some whistling ferryman,trailing my pen hand in the wake?Niall CampbellCROSSING, strikes me as more than self-aware, revealing a reflective meditation on its own creation, a superb tight pen finds its element. My additional favourites are: LATER TASTING and the great story-telling in A DANCE MACARBE, and also WHEN THE WHALES BEACHED.