Niall Campbell

Niall Campbell comes from South Uist, in the Western Isles of Scotland. He studied English Literature at Glasgow University, and in 2009 went on to complete a MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. In 2011 he received an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. He lives in Edinburgh. His first pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, was published by HappenStance Press in 2012. His first collection, Moontide (Bloodaxe, 2014) was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and won the Scottish Best First Book award in the annual Saltire Society prizes (2014). He won the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (2014) open to Scottish poets aged 30 or under.

Leave, Eriskay

I know the feeling of the grain farmer who packed up and left his smallholding: and not for the famine or the drought but for the light being always on his back. ‘The Work’ first appeared in Moontide, Hexham: Bloodaxe …

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The Work

If I have to, then let me be the whaler poet, launcher of the knife, portioning off the pink cut, salt trim and fat, tipping the larger waste off the side of the boat, and then to have the poem …

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