Two books – One author
The Author being Donald E. Meek

Two publishers – Uniquely a one launch event
The publishers hosting the event – Acair and Clàr Publisher.

The moving occasion was one of the evening events of the Fèis Thiriodh 2019
It was held in An Talla (the Community Hall), at Crossapol.
On arrival guests were warmly welcomed with refreshments.

Dr John Holliday and Donald

Agnes Rennie of Acair Books opened the event and chaired the proceedings.
Catriona Murray of Clàr publishers and Flòraidh NicPhail contributed.
Dr John Holliday spoke of the bravery Donald shares in his writings.
With rich tones Gordon Scott sang some of Donald’s songs.

Gordon Scott sang with rich tones some of Donald’s songs

It was very much an event of two languages, Gaelic and English
‘Shore Lines’ a book of English verse, provides ‘word-pictures’ of Tiree
from the early 1950s to the present day,
including Donald’s early years,
his regular travels
and his relationship with the Tiree community today.”

Donald and Flòraidh

‘Sèol Mo Bheatha’, an autobiography in Gaelic, is Donald’s life story in his own words.
Donald’s telling account was accompanied by a photographic presentation.
It was with humour and deep feeling that Donald spoke.

Ewan MacKinnon (Hillcrest) was thanked for his caring crofting skills

Donald gave a moving insight into his ‘island’.
This finds expression in a quote from the introduction to ‘Shore Lines’.
“My island is not one of glorious sunsets and sunrises,
of holidays and ‘opt-outs’.
It is an island of close contact with the soil,
with crofts, horses, tractors, boats, fellow islanders,
struggling to live in challenging conditions.
It is an island of winds and storms
of rough seas and hard choices.”

Donald with his daughter Rhoda at the book signing

At the conclusion of the evening Donald was on hand to sign his books.
As you can imagine it was not long before a queue formed.
He had ‘a gracious word’ for everyone.

Donald signs a copy for Ursula (Mrs Life-on-Tiree)

Both books come highly recommended.
We have our copy of his book of poems, ‘Shore Lines’.
Sadly we do not have the Gaelic
so we eagerly await his autobiography in English.
Naturally it will be different – two languages, two pictures.

Donald with Flòraidh NicPhail, Catriona Murray and Agnes Rennie

This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’.
What a grand and moving evening.



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