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Iain Crichton Smith

Iain Crichton Smith (Iain Mac a’Ghobhainn) was born in Glasgow, Scotland’s second-largest city, but moved to the Hebridean island of Lewis when he was two. Raised with his two brothers in a small Gaelic-speaking community, Smith learned English at School and later studied English at the University of Aberdeen. Smith wrote prose and poetry in both English and Gaelic. A school teacher, Smith was also a prolific writer and translator of Gaelic texts. His best-known novel, Consider the Lilies, like many of his poems, explores the cruelty of the Highland Clearances.

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