Angus Peter Campbell
Angus Peter Campbell, or Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul in Gaelic, was born near South Boisdale on the Hebridean island of South Uist. He attended Gearradh na Monadh school before moving to Oban High School, where he was taught English by Iain Crichton Smith. While studying History and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Campbell met and studied under another great Scottish writer, Sorley MacLean. With such encouragement, it is little wonder that he became a full-time writer of both novels and poetry in English and Gaelic.
He returned to South Uist after university, before starting work as a journalist for the West Highland Free Press, and then both BBC and Grampian TV. He continues to write and present for television and radio. He also appears in the Gaelic feature film Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle, in a role for which he was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA award.
Angus Peter Campbell has written three Gaelic novels for children, for the Gaelic education service Stòrlann; two English poetry collections, three Gaelic adult novels and Invisible Islands, his first English-language novel. His most recent novel, An Tilleadh Dhachaigh, was published in 2009.
Of writing in Gaelic, he has said in the West Highland Free Press: “I still run my written Gaelic past various scholars,” he says. “It’s hellish that your life is spent reclaiming this thing that should have been a birthright.”
Angus Peter Campbell now lives on Skye with his wife and six children.