Sunday, 15 March 2015
‘Deein Fine’ was acted by Fleeman Productions in January 2013. The play is set in St Nicholas Kirkyard and an unnamed Aberdeen Hospice. The one act play “Nicht Shades” (a runner-up in the Barron Prize for Doric Drama) was adapted from the pageant, written by Sheena Blackhall and Les Wheeler. Sheena Blackhall’s solo plays include two commissioned by Gordon Menzies Productions for BBC Education’s ‘Around Scotland’, ‘A Tongue in yer Heid’, televised in Jan/Feb 1995. The plays were ‘The Broken Hairt’ and ‘The Nicht Bus.’ She has also written several monologues: ‘Simmer Interlude’ (Wittgenstein’s Web, GKB Enterprises, 1996), The Twilight Zone (Reets, Keith Murray Publications 1991) and ‘Swimming in the Dark’ (The Bonsai Grower GKB Enterprises 1998)
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Title: Piano Lesson.Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The frontispiece of Andrea Antico’s Frottole intabulate da sonare organi libro primo (1517) features a woodcut of a player at a harpsichord, a singer holding a score, and a monkey holding a lute Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall February 2015. Acknowledgements; Meditation on a Year Gone by will appear in the Anthology ‘A Year Gone by’ pub Forward Poetry April 2015 . The Scots owersetts of Korean poems will appear in the magazine Southlight . Some of the owersetts in Scots of pieces by Baudelaire will be published in Scottish Spleen. Other poems are online at Eiks an Eyns: the Lallans website. The poem Flodden has been accepted for a forthcoming Lallans issue. The Page was written for an upcoming Aberdeen City Anthology, inspired by the #Write City project. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection. My late brother, Ian Middleton, was an accomplished church organist and clavichord player, and frequently gave recitals in São Paulo, Brazil, where he settled and died. He enjoyed his piano lessons rather more than I did. He suffered from Perthes Hip joint disease as a child and spent a year strapped to his bed to stretch the affected limb. Doctors at that time advised against strong physical activities for sufferers. He bought and exported a clavichord to Brazil, where he performed mainly Baroque and Classical music.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Friday, 14 November 2014
Title: Mr Charon’s Ferry:Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Loch Voil: Photo by Amoghavira Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall November 2014. For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall, visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on-line catalogue of the Nat. Library of Scotland ww.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on www.poemhunter.com. Thanks are extended to Amoghavira for permission to use his photograph of Loch Voil, Balquidder, as the cover for this pamphlet. A Buddhist order member, he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.. Some of the Gaelic poems in this collection will feature in the Winter edition of Causeway / Cabhsair: A Magazine of Irish and Scottish Writing.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends (Urban Legends) Paperback – January 1, 2015 by Sheena Blackhall (Author), Grace Banks (Author); Pub. The History Press.Monsters, lunatics, vampires, werewolves, evil dolls, and suicide dogs, stones entombing bodies, faces appearing in walls, curses, and meetings with the devil—all this and more are contained within this book of Scottish urban legends. Now, for the first time, folklorists and storytellers Grace Banks and Sheena Blackhall explore these intriguing tales. Folklore embeds itself into a local community, often to the extent that some people believe all manner of mysteries and take them as fact. Whether they’re stories passed around the school playground, through the internet, or 'round a flickering campfire, urban legends are everywhere. Scottish Urban Legends is a quirky and downright spooky ride into the heart of Celtic folklore.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The Gargoyle Man. Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The Green Man from Le Mans Cathedral in France, c. 1240 Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall July 2014. For more information on other publications by Sheena Blackhall, visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on-line catalogue of the National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on www.poemhunter.com. Many of these poems were written on retreat during a creative writing week run by Ratnadevi, Linda France and Larry Butler at Dhanakosa, Balquidder. Others were the result of a week’s research in the Cotswolds, visiting Stratford on Avon, Bath, and surrounding areas.