Friday, 12 August 2016

The Poems: Crossing the Bridge

Title: Crossing the Bridge.Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Detail from the sculpture Along the River During the Qingming Festival, by Zheng Chunhui.Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall August 2016.Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled a large wooden sculpture that measures 40 feet (12.286) meters long. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival,” a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice. The piece is displayed in Fujon Province. Walking the Mat and The Merket Cross were written in a follow-up writing project to the recent city production, Granite. The pamphlet also contains details from The Triumph of Death by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.Most of these poems were written in the Summer of 2016, others were written under commission by the Forestry Commission of Scotland, for a project on Bennachie. Some tales have been accepted for publication by Lallans. The Scots Owersett of 'Drakestail,' a classic French faily tale published by Charles Marelle in 1888 under the title 'Bout-d'-Canard" in Affenschwanz et Cetera was published in New Writing Scotland 34, entitled Talking about Lobsters.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Poems: Death of a Tadpole

Title: Death of a Tadpole. Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image comes from an animation called 小蝌蚪找 , "Little Tadpole Looking for Mom". It is a Chinese animation for children created from Chinese paintings. The inspiration came from the work of the artist Qi Baishi.Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall July 2016.Dedication: This book is dedicated to Jessica & Winnie Le Blackhall Acknowledgements: The Dhanakosa Sequence of poems was written on a Buddhist Creative Writing Retreat at Balquhidder, 4th June- 10th June 2016. The Casterton Sequence was written at a residential writing weekend at Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, organised by the poet in residence, Sally Evans, held over Beltane, the time of the ancient Celtic festival. Jane Eyre & Mr Rochester is to be published in ‘Love is in the Air’, Where were you when Kennedy died? has been accepted for publication in ‘The Life and Times’, and There was a Young Lady from Troon will appear in ‘Poetic Forms, all anthologies of Forward Poetry due out in the summer of 2016 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.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Poems: Around the World in Terza Rima

Acknowledgements Title: Around the World in Terza Rima Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: A copy of the hand coloured etching of Edmund Kean (1787-1833) as The Theatrical Atlas, by George CruikshankCost: £3.00 Copyright S. Blackhall, 2016 Most of this poetry pamphlet was written during a research trip to County Mayo in Ireland. Some of these poems have been published in the following magazines/ online sites: Best Scottish Poems online 2015 Poem of the moment on SPL homepage, 15-4-16 , and in Lallans. ‘Granite’ was one of four of Blackhall’s poems performed in the spectacular Granite, a sweeping, epic outdoor theatrical event, telling the story of Aberdeen, from 1863 to 2016. The production took place in the quadrangle of Marischal College, Aberdeen. 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.

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Poems: The Witnessing Pamphlet 116

Title: The Witnessing Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Odilon Redon’s lithograph loosely based on the life of St Anthony of Antioch.Cost: £3.00 Copyright S. Blackhall March 2016. Some of these poems have been published in the following magazines/ online sites: Owersetts of Vietnamese Poems- Southlight 19, April 2016. The article The Gorgonzola Cheese/ The Caledonian Antisyzygy, and the poem Bella Caledonia, 50 miles up were published online in http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/ The Lion Rampant was published online by www.scotiaextremis.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/week-eight/ Diving for Poems,Dhanakosa, Balquihidder was published online at http://keeppoemsalive.com/2016/03/10/keep-poems-alive-international-21/ 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

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Poems: Pamphlet no 115

Title: Flat Out poems, tales and Owersetts in Scots & English Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The Flammarion engraving This is a wood engraving by an unknown artist, so named because its first documented appearance is in Camille Flammarion's 1888 book L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire ("The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology"). The engraving has often, but erroneously, been referred to as a woodcut. It has been used to represent a supposedly medieval cosmology, including a flat earth bounded by a solid and opaque sky, or firmament, and also as a metaphor (from Wikipedia) Cost: £3.00 Copyright S. Blackhall January 2016. Some of these poems have been published on Causeway / Cabhsair: A Magazine of Irish and Scottish Writing. For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall, visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on-line catalogue of the Nat. Library of Scotland w.ww.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. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection. Dedicated to Philip and Vicki Watt, Fadlydyke Farm New Deer

The Stories: (15th Collection) Cheerybye Eden

Title: Cheerybye Eden. Tales an Owersetts in Scots & English. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The Dance of Death, by Hans Holbein. Adam & Eve, preceded by Death, playing on a beggar’s lyre or hurdy-gurdy, are driven by the angel from Eden cost:£3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall January 2016

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Poems: The Spirit Hoose

Title: The Spirit Hoose.Poems & plays in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen.Cover: A Bangkok Spirit House Cost: £3.00 Copyright:S.Blackhall November 2015.Concerning the cover: http://www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/spirit_house.html ‘Spirit Worship is as old as mankind itself. In Thailand the phenomenon goes back to the ancient days when the Thais were beginning their slow migration from the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam to all parts of the Southeast Asian region. Spirit Worship, or Animism, was a religion by which the entire world lived at one time, and when Buddhism came to Southeast Asia, it developed side by side with the ancient spirit religion. Today, many of the old animistic beliefs are intertwined with Buddhism and some animistic practices still exist in Thailand. One of these which is practiced by every Thai is the Spirit House. The Spirit House can be seen at a prominent spot outside every business establishment in the country. It can be seen on a pedestal in front of every hotel. It dresses the corner garden area of a restaurant, the front of a bar, disco or put Spirit houses are even seen at outdoor food markets. They are built on the grounds of Buddhist temples, outside caves in the mountains, near fishing ponds in the valleys, everywhere.’ The poem ‘The Ordination of Trees’ was inspired by the BBC news item: ‘A Buddhist monk from north-east Thailand is so worried about the environment that he has been ordaining trees for 25 years. Since 1990 Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has been leading ceremonies to dress trees in orange robes as a way of convincing people that they should be viewed as sacred.He believes the symbolic act can help prevent the logging and deforestation that plague his home province of Nan.And people are taking notice, as Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has started a movement that is spreading across south-east Asia.’All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on www.poemhunter.com. Many of these poems were written at Brantwood Lodge, Ruskin’s House in the Lake District, on a residential writing workshop led by Dr Geraldine Green & Pippa Little.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Poems: The Doric Gruffalo

Now Available in Doric Scots. Everybody loves The Gruffalo and now you can enjoy this children's classic for the very first time in Doric Scots Translated by Sheena Blackhall and published by Itchy Coo, this new edition of The Gruffalo will delight both children and adults alike. "A moose tuik a dander ben the wid. A tod saw the moose, and the moose luiked guid." Come a wee bit farrer intae thon deep mirk wid, an fin oot fit happens fin the sleekit moose faas in wi a hoolet, a snake an a hungry gruffalo ...Publisher: Black and White Publishing ISBN: 9781785300042