Angus Peter Campbell
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Angus Peter Campbell (aka: Aonghas P(h)àdraig Caimbeul) is a Scottish award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor.
After attending Gearradh na Monadh school, Campbell left Uist for secondary school in Oban, where he developed a keen interest in literature under the expert guidance and encouragement of his English teacher, the late Iain Crichton Smith. The University of Edinburgh beckoned, where he obtained an Honours degree in History and Politics, and continued his literary education through the encouragement of the late Sorley MacLean, who was writer-in-residence in Edinburgh at the time.
Born and brought up in South Uist he spent his teenage years in the Oban area where he was taught by Iain Crichton Smith at the local High School. He graduated with Double Honours in Politics and History from Edinburgh University, after which he worked in the media. In 2001 he was awarded the Bardic Crown for Gaelic poetry. The following year he was given a Creative Scotland Award for Literature. His novel, An Oidhche Mus do Sheòl Sinn, published by CLÀR, was voted by the public into the Top Ten of the 100 Best-Ever Books from Scotland in the Orange/List Awards.
“I have no doubts that Angus Peter Campbell is one of the few really significant living poets in Scotland, writing in any language.” Sorley MacLean (West Highland Free Press, October 1992)
His first English language work of fiction, Invisible Islands (ISBN 0-9552283-0-1), was published in 2006. It was inspired by Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges. The book consists of twenty-one chapters, each illuminating a specific island in the mythic Invisible Islands archipelago. The work draws heavily on Gaelic culture and history, magic realism and a number of other influences.. He also wrote a short English language novel 'Archie and The North Wind' (Luath Press)(2010).
His latest work is a collection of poetry, Aibisidh, published Polygon (Edinburgh) in 2011. It is nominated as the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's Scottish Book of the Year 2012, having won in the poetry category.
He lives on the Isle of Skye with his wife and six children, and is now a full-time writer/journalist/broadcaster/actor.
- Angus Peter Campbell official website
- Brave new words - November 2003 interview by Highlands and Islands Arts Journal
- Scottish Book Awards website
- CLAR - publisher website