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Bill Innes

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Contact: bill.innes161@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Gaelic
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Retired airline pilot and published author of six books on subjects as varied as Gaelic traditional poetry, the capture of the 51st Highland Division in 1940, crofting life and the Golden age of Commercial Aviation (with specific reference to Scottish history).

Very experienced presenter/scriptwriter on TV and radio. Currently the Gaelic voice of the Edinburgh Tattoo on BBC Alba.

Considerable experience of presenting concerts to audiences large and small.

A keen photographer who specialises in lavishly illustrated talks.

As an editor and translator of Gaelic traditional poets, specialises in performance as this type of poetry needs to be heard for the melody and rhythm of the language to be appreciated.


Under the Shadow of the Swastika Acair 2000) Editor and translator

Chi Mi (Birlinn 2001)  The Gaelic Poetry of Donald John MacDonald w. Translation

St Valery:The Impossible Odds (Birlinn 2004 + several reprints)

Old South Uist & Eriskay (Stenlake 2006) Account of a vanished way of life

Aeòlus: Poetry of Donald Macintyre (GraceNote 2008) Editor/Translator/Reciter

Flight from the Croft (Whittles 2019) Illustrated autobiography of a career in a golden era in British aviation.

(Photo credit: Vicky Innes)

(Works in Gaelic)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Performance; Reading; Talk; Chairing events

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Coasts, seas & oceans; History; Island communities; Music; Translation; World War 2

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with


Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500