Martin MacIntyre grew up in Lenzie, near Glasgow, his father being originally from South Uist. He studied medicine at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1988. In 1992 Martin attained qualifications in Broadcasting and Gàidhealtachd studies from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye. In the same year he won the first William Ross Prize for Gaelic Writing.
In 2003 Martin won the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award for his book, Ath-Aithne (Reacquaintance), a collection of Gaelic and English short stories, published by CLAR through the Ur-Sgeul series.
He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursary in order to write the follow up to Ath-Aithne. Gymnippers Diciadain (Wednesday Gymnippers)-CLAR, a novel, set in Edinburgh, explores the relationship of its two central characters Caroline and DJ as their respective pre-school children enjoy a weekly Gym session. Gymnippers Diciadain was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Book of the Year in 2005.
Having won awards for individual poems, Martin*s first collection Dannsam Led Fhaileas / Let Me Dance With Your Shadow was published by Luath Press in Oct 2006 and was well received. Martin was crowned Bard at the National Mod in 2007 and has been an Edinburgh Shore Poet since 2010.
A second novel An Latha As Fhaide (The Longest Day)-CLAR, was published in August 2008 and shortlisted for The Saltire Society Book of the Year. Martin secured a further Scottish Arts Council Bursary in 2008 in order to write a new novel Air A Thoir (In Pursuit)-CLAR, which was published in Aug 2011.
Martin’s first young persons’ novel A’ Challaig seo Challò! (ACAIR) won Duais Dhòmhnaill Meek 2013 and Cala Bendita ’s a Bheannachdan (ACAIR) - a collection of linked short-stories was shortlisted for this award and for The Saltire Literary Book of The Year Award in 2014. Tuath Air A’ Bhealach (SANDSTONE PRESS) a first, dark, novel for younger adults was launched in May 2015.
Martin has also told stories to adults and children for a number of years and is a traditional Gaelic singer. He has appeared at StAnza Poetry Festival, the Edinburgh Book Festival, New York*s Scotland Week and Toronto*s International Festival of Authors.
Martin lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
About writer's work
My main strengths are short and long fiction, poetry and storytelling in Gaelic and English. I am also interested in traditional Gaelic song and in the inter-connections and potential developmental crossover points between all the above disciplines. Themes that motivate me include: a celebratory multi-faceted Scotland; the holistic ceilidh; Gaelic; The Highlands and Islands, Glasgow, Edinburgh; changing cultural identity; bilingualism; translation of original work; opening the riches of Gaelic culture to a wider audience.
Websites featuring the authorLuath PressBooks From ScotlandAcair: ‘’A’ Challaig Seo, Chall Ò’Acair: 'Cala Bendita ’s a Bheannachdan'Sandstone Press: Tuath Air A’ Bhealach
Current events and projects
In the last 10 years I have taken part or led a variety of performance and workshop sessions in fiction, poetry and oral Storytelling in Gaelic and in English. I am happy to work with school age children, adults and mixed audiences in a variety of settings.