Meg Bateman

Vivienne Margaret 'Meg' Bateman (born 1959) is a Scottish academic, poet and short story writer. She is best known for her works written in Scottish Gaelic; however, she has also published work in the English language.

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Vivienne Margaret Bateman

1959 (age 61–62)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Aberdeen
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Education and careerEdit

Bateman was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the New Town area of the city. She studied Celtic at the University of Aberdeen and completed a PhD in medieval Scottish Gaelic language religious poetry. She taught Scottish Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen between 1991 and 1998 before moving to Skye to teach at the Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.[1] She has also taught Scottish Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews.[2]

Bateman's first collection of poems, Òrain Ghaoil (Love Songs) was published in 1990[1] and her second, Aotromachd agus dàin eile (Lightness) was published in 1997. Both her first and second collections focus on human relationships and the idealised idea of love.[3] Her third collection, Soirbheas (Air Wind) was published in 2007.[4]

In 2011, Bateman's first published Scottish Gaelic short story, entitled Chanadh gun d'chur i às dha, appeared in the short story collection Saorsa published by CLÀR.[5]

Her collection Transparencies was published in 2013 and featured her first published work to have both Scottish Gaelic and English poems.[6]

Her Scottish Gaelic poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Other Tongues (1990) and Twenty of the Best (1990). She has also translated poems from Gaelic into English for An Anthology of Scottish Women Poets (1991) and The Harp's Cry (1993).[7]


  1. ^ a b "Meg Bateman | Poet". Scottish Poetry Library. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Meg Bateman". Scottish Book Trust. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ McGuire, Matt (2009). Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Poetry. Edinburgh University Press. p. 59. ISBN 9780748636273.
  4. ^ "Bateman". StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Meg Bateman". Atlas Arts. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  6. ^ Rumens, Carol (5 August 2013). "Poem of the week: Girl and Grandmother at the National Gallery by Meg Bateman". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Meg Bateman :: Authors :: Birlinn Ltd". Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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