Saturday, 13 October 2018

The Poems: Sizzons

Title: Sizzons. Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Malfranteaux Concepts, AberdeenPri nted by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is by Rosy Long, entitled 'A Year in a Sheep Field' Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall October 2o18 Some of these poems were inspired by paintings. Sleekit Mr Tod was written to perform at the Belmont cinema on 15th November, at a showing of Fantastic Mr Fox. Other pieces were written during a research visit to Staffordshire, Newcastle, Sherwood. There are four owersetts into Scots of old Celtic poems. The Icarus Sizzon was published in the 100th and last edition of Poetry Scotland to be edited by Sally Evans. A copy of Tales from the Urals was sent to me by Catriona Low of Severin Publishing. I have owersett two of the tales into Scots, which were translated into English from the Russian by Eve Manning, (The Erne’s Father, and A Dweeble Twig). The remaining two tales are my variations of stories told to me by the late Stanley Robertson, (Slaw Sarah and The Puggie’s Hairt). The cover, A Year in a Sheep Field, is by Rosy Long, a visually impaired artist who lives in Aberdeenshire. She specializes in drawing and painting, her work is inspired by cats and by the picturesque rural surrounding in which she lives; it has developed over time into a love of 3D and bas-relief combined with an enjoyment in visual storytelling. Mixed media are used in all her work often in ceramic paper clay or papier mache. She is quoted as saying ‘I love colour, partly this has to do with my eyes, I sleep at night with the thought of how colours work together and when I get up, it's all about colours working together. I grew up in the West Coast of Scotland with pure bright colour and always stayed with me, this is how I express myself.’ In response to the question of what materials and techniques she uses to create her beautiful and skilful pieces she says: "All the larger papier mache shapes are built from old cardboard with corrugated cardboard gussets. The whole work is painted with wood glue to strengthen it and then primed before it is painted on the collage. The background is acrylic mirror painted with glass paints of Sharpies". For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall, visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on-line catalogue of the Nat. 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. Her website can be found on http://smiddleton4.wix.com/sheena-blackhall. An interview in podcast form with the poet appears on: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/podcast/sheena-blackhall Thanks are also due to Malfranteaux Concepts, in agreeing to publish this collection.Sheena Blackhall October 2018 This pamphlet is dedicated to my grandchildren, Jessica, Winnie, Natalie & Skye

Monday, 10 September 2018

The Owersetts:Fey Case o Dr Jekyll & mR h

A horrifeein tale o fleg that'll bumbaze an dumfouner its readers. Haud awa frae the licht settins o't that ye've seen in films an gaither yer virr tae gyang intae the psycho-logical grue o Jekyll and Hyde. It's in Lunnon that the buik is supposedly set, bit ilkie page is drookit in the oorie air o Embro--far Robert Louis Stevenson wis born. Is't a Freudian fable, a morality parable, or a sexual allegory? Its up tae yersel tae decide.. ISBN 978-1-78204-226-9 published by Evertype, 2018----

Saturday, 25 August 2018

The Poems A Sharp Key

Title: A Sharp Key Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is from Todros Geller Woodcuts in Louis Wirth's The Ghetto (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1928). Part of Collection: Faith in the City Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall August 2018 Many of these poems were written during a trip to the Nottingham area. Some poems have been published in Lallans. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection. Sheena Blackhall 2018

The Poems: Knight, Death & the Devil

Title: Knight, Death and the Devil Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is Knight Death & the Devil by Albrecht Durer Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall August 2018 Many of these poems were written during a writing retreat at the Buddhist centre Dhanakosa in Balquidder.Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.Sheena Blackhall 2018

The Poems: Poeta est in Silva

Title: Poeta est in Silva, Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is of a Mediaeval hunting scene Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall August 2018 Some of these poems were written during a working trip to Glasgow, to liaise with the poet Sheila Templeton on the book ‘Autumn Voices’. The March Stones were produced during a workshop at Hazlehead Primary studying the boundaries of Aberdeen. Blue Planet Blues was inspired by the Sir David Attenborough film, Blue Planet. Music 2 was commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts for a specific project surrounding the Music Hall. (The poems commissioned by various poets will be illustrated as part of the project). Other poems were written during a trip to Rothesay and Dunoon . For the first two years as a secondary pupil, I was taught elementary Latin, but was obliged to drop it to study maths, which I loathed. I loved the fact that the poet was always in the woods. What better place to be? c.Sheena Blackhall August 2018

Saturday, 7 July 2018

The Poems: Secrets

Secrets: Poems in Scots & English. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen.The cover image is ‘Alone’, by the artist Rosy Long. Cost: £3.00. July 2018 opyright: S. Blackhall July 2018 Two of the owersetts were published in the Aberdeen University magazine Causeway/Cabhsair in May 2018. Two of the Scots poems are to be published in Lallans Magazine. Rosy Long’s cover picture is entitled ‘Alone’. Both poet and artist were school friends. Both were members of the Forecourt Art group and the Aberdeen artist society. Both worked for many years teaching special needs pupils. Rosy is a visually impaired artist who lives in the village of Muchalls. She also has the rare trait of synaesthesia, in her case a strong association between various symbols such as letters of the alphabet on the one hand and clear, well-defined colours on the other. Her work is inspired by cats and by the picturesque rural surroundings in which she lives. She runs the Muchalls drawing group.For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall, visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on-line catalogue of the Nat. 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. Her website can be found on http://smiddleton4.wix.com/sheena-blackhall. An interview in podcast form with the poet appears on: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/podcast/sheena-blackhall. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection, and to Rosy Long for agreeing to allow the use of her image ‘Alone’ as the cover of Secrets. Of that picture she said: "This is where I ultimately find myself. It is not frightening but rather beautiful".

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The Owersetts: Jean Eyre

Jean Eyre: Jane Eyre (By Charlotte Brontë) in North-East Scots. First edition, 2018. Translated into North-East Scots by Sheena Blackhall and Sheila Templeton. Illustrations by X and X. Dundee: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-215-3 (paperback), price: €12.95, £10.95, $15.95. HTML Michael Everson, Evertype. Click on the click for more details. http://evertype.com/books/jane-eyre-sco.html

Friday, 22 June 2018

CHAPTERS ABOUT: Sleeping with Monsters: Conversations with Scottish & Irish Women Poets

Sleeping with Monsters: Conversations with Scottish and Irish Women Poets , 2001, by Rebecca Wilson (Editor), Gillean Somerville (Editor), G. Sommerville-Arjat (Editor) Publisher: Polygon (1999
) ISBN-10: 0748660275

CHAPTERS ABOUT: Spirits of the Age

Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self Portraits Paperback – 19 Aug 2005 by Paul Henderson Scott (Editor). Publisher Saltire Society ISBN-10 0854110879.
Alasdair Gray (one of the contributors to this book) in a memorable phrase once called on the Scots to "work as if you live in the early days of a better nation". Probably there have always been some people in Scotland who have done exactly that, and we are now in a period when there is more opportunity and more need for them. The restoration of the Scottish Parliament, even if it is still drastically limited in its powers, is by its mere existence a demand for a better Scotland. This book brings together some of these, not all but a good cross section, who are helping to build this better nation. They are spirits of the age in literature, painting, sculpture, music, ideas and science. Of course there are other vital activities and we hope to include them in a subsequent volume. Following the good example of Hume, Burns and Walter Scott, the contributors give a brief account of their experiences, influences and objectives. In doing that, they give us a clearer sense of their personalities than any subsequent biographer is likely to achieve. Together they build up a complex picture of contemporary Scotland, and of the opportunities and obstacles which challenge us.

Chapters About: Autumn Voices

Autumn Voices, price ₤12.99, is published by PlaySpace Publications,2018. Between 2015 and 2017 Robin Lloyd-Jones interviewed nineteen Scottish writers over the age of 70 (and himself): Sheena Blackhall, Larry Butler, Jenni Calder, A,C,Clarke, Stewart Conn, Douglas Dunn, Sally Evans, Vicki Feaver, Lee Gershuny, Alasdair Gray, Diana Hendry, Richard Holloway, James Kelman. Carl MacDougall, Bernard MacLaverty, Robin Lloyd-Jones, Alison Prince, Pauline Prior-Pitt, John Purser, Sheila Templeton. The twenty established writers who speak to us through Autumn Voices represent a total of over one hundred and fifty years of varied, fascinating and colourful life experience since passing the age of seventy. All of them show that productivity and creativity can be extended well into later life and provide role models for future generations. These are men and women who see old age as life’s last great adventure and who have chosen to embrace it, to regard it as a new and interesting phase of life, full of possibilities while also accepting the losses age brings with honesty, courage and even humour. Through their lives and their writing they demonstrate qualities, values and attitudes which contribute to successful ageing and continuing creativity. These mature autumn voices speak to us from a point where experience is at its maximum, perspective at its broadest and mastery of craft at its peak. We have much to learn from them.