Alasdair C. Whyte: Maim-slè Author Reading and Q&A

Fri 26 Nov 2021
An Tobar

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Join us in An Tobar for an author reading and Q&A event with Alasdair Whyte.

Alasdair C. Whyte is an award-winning writer, singer and presenter from the island of Muile/Mull. 

Described as 'one of the most emotionally affecting singers of his generation' (Tim Chipping, fRoots), he has recorded original and traditional Gaelic songs with various artists on numerous albums, including a solo album (Las, 2012) and three albums with the band WHYTE (MAIM, 2021; Tairm, 2019; Fairich, 2016). 

His creative writing includes Maim-slè – a book of original drama, poetry and prose in Gaelic and English commissioned by Theatre Gu Leòr. He also wrote and performed in the related theatre production MAIM (2020). 

Maim-Slè features poetry and prose written by Alasdair C. Whyte, and features original artwork by Alice NicBhatair. The book is the third strand of the MAIM project – a collaboration between Theatre Gu Leòr and WHYTE and dovetails with the theatre production and the band’s third album, of the same name. 

Described as “one of the most affecting pieces of music you will hear this year” by Folk Radio UK, and “ominous, with a kind of melancholic eloquence” by The Scotsman, the band’s third album has already received plaudits across a variety of outlets.  

The book title, Maim-slè, means ‘torrent’, in Gaelic and as with the wider MAIM project, the book raises questions about culture, language and land, specifically on Mull and in the Highlands and Islands, but with resonances for many marginalised places and communities throughout the world. 

Alasdair says: “The book challenges the morality and validity of 'rewilding', of depeopled estates and of large-scale timber production which are obscuring our already critically-endangered linguistic and cultural heritage and identity in places like Muile/Mull. We need to find the right balance and ensure that the future of these places and their communities is sustainable.” 

Maim-Slè and MAIM are both available for purchase via The Bothy Society Online Store