Authored Book

Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides


MacNeil K (1998) Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides. Edinburgh: Canongate Books.

This collection marks the arrival of a major new talent in Scottish poetry. Kevin MacNeil's voice and vision, while rooted in the Hebridean islands, is open to a wide range of cultures, not only those of Scotland – from Gaeldom to urban Scotland – but to the wider European and American mind and, through his interest in Zen Buddhism, to Japanese and Chinese culture. With astonishing freshness and versatility, MacNeil's poetry creates powerful connections and new combinations -he has wit as well as feeling, a powerful sense of the past and the local while being resolutely turned towards the future and the cross-cultural.

poetry; scotland; bardachd; 20th century; highland; islands; literature;

Publication date30/04/1998
PublisherCanongate Books
Publisher URL…cNeil/0862418127
Place of publicationEdinburgh