An Leabhar Mor : The Great Book of Gaelic Hardback
Edited by Theo Dorgan, Malcolm Maclean
This is a 21st- century Book of Kells that brings together the work of more than 150 poets, visual artists, and calligraphers.
Scotland and Ireland share a mythology, a rich music tradition, languages and some history.
Irish Gaels, known as Scoti, invaded Scotland in the 5th century and gave it their name. "An Leabhar Mor" is a major artwork which renews the connection between Gaelic Scotland and Ireland and celebrates the diverse strands of contemporary Celtic culture.
A beautiful book featuring work from every century between the sixth and the twenty-first - contains the earliest Gaelic poetry in existence.
One hundred visual artists respond to the poetry in a variety of media.
It includes work by poets Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Maire Mhac an tSaoi and by artists Allan Davie, Will Maclean and Rita Duffy among others.
There is a website for the book, full of more information and details of related projects.
Click here to watch a slideshow of 18 of the artworks in the book.
Here are two samples 100 specially-commissioned artworks in the book, to whet your appetite: Art by Doug Cocker inspired by Tairseacha by Liam O Muirthile (b. 1950) Art by Andrew Folan inspired by An Scathan by Michael Davitt (1950-2005).
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages, colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/08/2008
- Category: Poetry
- ISBN: 9781847171139