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Mystic Lines: Sufi poet Rumi and the Gaels Entwine

Gaelic bard Lewis MacKinnon recites his Gaelic translations of 13th century Sufi mystic Rumi to ancient melodies performed by Scott Macmillan, and Persian musicians Mohammad Sahraei and Saeed Foroughi. Let music ignite your inner artist! Create!  Bring your art supplies. Cash bar available.

Reading from ‘Ràithean airson Sireadh,-Seasons for Seeking’ the Gaelic bard Lodaidh MacFhioghain (Lewis MacKinnon) will recite his Scottish Gaelic translations of the poetry of Rumi, the Sufi poet of the Middle Ages whose compositions have transcended time and tradition to become universally honoured. Lewis MacKinnon will be availble to sign copies of his book after the performance.

When asked why had MacKinnon felt this translation of Rumi’s works would work in the Gaelic? “When I think back, it was being exposed to Rumi, the Persian poet whose works were translated into modern day American free verse by Coleman Barks. I wondered if it might work in the Gaelic. I tried translating a few and found that they flowed. I thought it would be interesting to have a collection in the Gaelic.”

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.