Martin MacIntyre and Flora MacDonald have been named joint winners of the 2019 Macdonald of Sleat poetry prize.
Flora, who wrote The Leaf, was born and raised in Benbecula, with historical links to Clanranald. She has a home in North Uist, where she also has links to MacDonald of Sleat, but her permanent residence is in Glasgow. Flora worked at Sabhal Mòr on summer Short Courses for several years and it was there she was inspired to write her poems on trees.
Martin, who wrote Healing, was raised in Lenzie, near Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh for over 25 years. He was a student at Sabhal Mòr from 1990 to 1992 and returned there to work on the Tobar an Dualchais project between 1998 and 2003. It was around then that he penned his first proper poem – ‘Canaigh’.