Monday, 27 March 2017

The Poems: Comings & Goings

Title: Comings & Goings.Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cost: £3.00.Copyright: S.Blackhall March 2017. Dedicated to Skye-Marie Anderson, born on St Patrick’s Day,March 17th 2017. The cover is a Japanese woodblock print by Harumura Tadao, entitled Weak Twilight, 1924. The story ‘Buonamico Buffalmacco: Peinter o Florence’ by Blackhall is due to be published in Lallans. The poem‘The Alternative Tourist Tour of Properties Owned by Nyaffs’ will feature in Pushing Out the Boat magazine, Issue 14. The poems inspired by artefacts from Aberdeen City archive materials, were written by Blackhall as part of a project involving the Mile Long Club at Aberdeen’s Art Centre venue. The Scots Owesett, ‘The Cat Oot o the Pyoke is drawn from 'Wee Windaes' a website on the National Library of Scotland, which showcases examples of Scots language from the 15th century to the present day.Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Poems: Thursdays

Title: Thursdays.Poems & Playlet in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Morven Coutts Blackhall 11/10/1975- 4/7/2016 Cost: £3.00.Copyright: S. Blackhall February 2017 Dedication. This book is dedicated to the memory of the poet's son, Morven Coutts Blackhall. The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living: Marcus Tullius Cicero. Several of these poems were written in February at a Lapidus day-long event. (‘Finding your Place in the Family of Things’, a training day on Therapeutic Writing, which was co-facilitated by Sheena Blackhall & Elaine Reid at the Maggie Centre, in the grounds on Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.Some Scots owersetts of Poems by Jewish Writers are due to appear in Southlight 21. The playlet ‘The Merket Cross’ was written in response to writing workshops at Aberdeen Arts Centre run by the international playwright Peter Arnott. Siskin was inspired by the exquisite photographs by Catriona Low Of Severin Publishing of her resident garden family of the species. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.Copyright S. Blackhall

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The CDs: Oot o the Kist

Oot o the Kist is a double cd launched by Scotsoun in the Spring of 2017 SSCD 805 (1 & 2). It is a mixture of song and poetry, all performed by the poet using different instruments. (www.lallans.co.uk). There are 46 entries on the first cd and 42 on the second. Thanks are due to George T. Watt and the Comatee o the Scots Language Society for producing this CD

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Poem: Dimitri Keaw

Title: Dimitri Keaw (Pamphlet 122).Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen.Cover: Dimitri, photograph by Catriona Low. Cost: £3.00.Copyright: S. Blackhall Jan 2017 Dedication:This book is dedicated to Philip and Vicki Watt, Fadlydyke Farm New Deer,& Catriona Low, Lower Boghead, Kintore.The cover photograph by Catriona Low, is of her tenant jackdaw Dimitri who lives with his family on her property.Some of these poems were written in response to artefacts in the Hunterian Gallery at Glasgow University. Awfu Weather was prompted by the cartoon “Awfu Weather” From The Northern Looking Glass. The Short Story, Secrets, was specifically written to perform at the Winter Solstice Poetry Event, run by Aberdeen Inspired for in the city’s Christmas Village in December 2016.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Title: Cleikum. Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen.Cost: £3.00.Copyright: S. Blackhall November 2016.All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on www.poemhunter.com. Her website can be found on http://smiddleton4.wix.com/sheena-blackhall.The Scottish Border poems were written on a five day visit to the region in October 2016. Other poems were written to perform at an event organised by Scottish Pen on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to support Writers and Publishers imprisoned in Turkey,in the Gallowgate, Aberdeen. ‘Facing the World’ tanka poems were inspired by a visit to an exhibition in Edinburgh’s Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Doric Gruffalo's Bairn

The Doric Gruffalo's Bairn: The Gruffalo's Child In Doric Scots from the book by Julia Donaldson, translated by Sheena Blackhall. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler £6.99. Published by Itchy Coo : 11th October 2016 ISBN: 9781785300691 Sheena Blackhall’s Doric version of The Gruffalo is now followed by The Doric Gruffalo’s Bairn. A cautionary tale about what happens when a small Gruffalo leaves the comfort of its cave and sets off into the dark wood on a wintry night, this is sure to be another big hit in the North-East and with Doric speakers wherever they bide.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Poems : The Seely Howe

Title: The Seely Howe.Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Tomnaverie, taken from Tarland- a great place to walk. Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall October 2016: Acknowledgements: Tomnaverie stone circle dates from around 2000 BC. During the writing of this pamphlet, my son Morven’s ashes were buried in the family lair at Coull, in the Howe of Cromar, overlooked by Lochnagar and the Druid circle of Tomnaverie. To hear my poem of that name, and view the area, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT3sBynUyBw. The Middleton family have been buried at Coull since 1622. Coull Castle lies one field away from the graveyard. The title of this pamphlet ‘The Seely Howe’ is taken from an ancient North East rhyme: Dool, Dool tae Blelack, An Dool tae Blelack’s Heir, For sendin us fae the Seely Howe, Tae the Cauld Hill o Fare. (When the last Gordon laird of Blelack near Tarland employed a local wizard to expel the fairy folk from a sheltered glen on his estate to the Hill o Fare by Echt, they cursed him in revenge. The word seely means happy/blessed).Some of these poems and the playlet were written for a writing project entitled ‘Granite’. Other poems are to be published by Forward Poetry in three anthologies, entitled ‘Inspirational Idols’, ‘Limerick Legends’, and ‘Perfect Pets’. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.