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PUBLICATION DATE: February 28, 2023
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Fir an Diuraidh
By (author) Paul Alistair
We are in a small boat in the company of six Arran men on their way to sit on the Jury at the Court of Session in Inverary. No sooner has the boat left Brodick in Arran than things start to go wrong and in the conflict that arises the men begin to reveal their own sins.Travelling through the South-west corner of the Gealtacht in the early 19th century we get a flavour of life in the area before it would be altered for ever under the influence of the great changes happening in the wider world. Each character’s fate is bound in different ways to these changes and how they deal with them together.Will the group manage reach the court in Inverary and if the do will they be competent to judge their fellow men with clear consciences?
Alistair Paul lives on the Isle Of Arran where he works as a gardener and where he and his partner raised a family of two children. In 2018 he won a Scottish New Writers Award and his first book ‘Linne Dhomhain’ was awarded the prize for the The best unpublished Manuscript at the Gaelic Literature Awards in 2020. All together his work has appeared five times on the award’s short lists. As well as writing fiction Alistair has had poetry, non fiction articles and reviews published in Steall, Dana, Poet’s Republic and Tuath and he has published a collection of Arran folklore, poetry and music.