A talk by author Liz Macrae Shaw about Màiri Mhòr nan Òran will be held at Museum Nan Eilean by Lews Castle on Wednesday 30th January at 7pm.
Liz Macrae Shaw will share her experience of researching the life and works of Mary MacDonald of Skye (born in 1821 in Skeabost not far from Portree) who is better known as Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, one of the 19th century's most outstanding Gaelic bards.
Màiri Mhòr nan Òran was famed for her songs of protest and involvement in political campaigns. There are more details of her life here.
Liz Macrae Shaw explains: "My historical novel, 'Love and Music Will Endure' is based on the life of Màiri Mhòr nan Òran." The book, published by the Islands Book Trust which is organising the event, is available here.
"My research for this book led to my writing an article about her in the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 2015-17.
"I soon realised how influential she was as a campaigner as well as a poet at a time when it was rare for women to take on a political role.
"Through force of character she overcame the barriers of background, class and gender to become the champion of Highlanders who were being driven from their homes.
"I’m interested in this period of history because it was a time of rapid change that caused disruption and heartache and as such provides a rich source for the imagination.
"Although she lived in the fairly recent past, I discovered that there were many gaps and contradictions in the details of her life.
"She is an inspiring woman, large in stature and in spirit. Researching and writing about her life has been a labour of love."