Margaret Bennett is a prize-winning author as well known as a singer and broadcaster, she is widely regarded as “Scotland’s foremost folklorist”.
Bennett has written extensively about Scottish folklore and culture at home and abroad. Her prize-winning books include The Last Stronghold: Scottish Gaelic traditions in Newfoundland (1989), Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec (1999), and Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave, (2004). She is also the author-producer of several sound recordings and DVDs, including 2 CDs about the Newfoundland-Gaels, Dileab Ailean (2009). Her collaborations with her late son, Martyn Bennett include CDs (GlenLyon, re-released, 2011), which featured in the highly acclaimed theatre production ‘The Black Watch’. She is the recipient of several honours including the Celtic Women International award for “lifelong service to Scottish and Celtic Culture” ( 2003), an Honorary Doctor of Music (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2010), Association of Scottish Literary Studies Honorary Life ‘fellow’ in recognition of contribution to Scottish literature (2010), in recognition or her contribution to Quebec cultural studies, the prestigious ‘Prix du Québec’ (2011) and Honorary Professor of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2012). As the late Hamish Henderson said, “Margaret embodies the spirit of Scotland”.