Saturday, 9 May 2020

Title: The Arrival of Thoughts: May 2020 Pamphlet 152 Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Aberdeen Printed by: Repro Overflow 5 Novar Place Aberdeen Cover: Is ‘Time Transfixed’ by the Belgian Surrealist René Magritte, 1898–1967. Magritte was unhappy with the English translation of the original French, La durée poignardé, which literally means “ongoing time stabbed by a dagger.” The Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to offer free, unrestricted use of over 50,000 images of works in the collection believed to be in the public domain or to which the museum otherwise waives any copyright it might have. This a Limited Edition of 50 books. Some of the poems were inspired by two of Catherine Arnold’s books, Necropolis, London & its Dead, and Bedlam, London and its Mad. The Bird Man was written to celebrate the wide range of creative work undertaken down the years by Larry Butler. Craobh was inspired by a project led by Mandy Haggith. The Beauty of Painted Stairs was written on receiving an e mail from Don Robert House, with photographs of some amazing street art. This book is dedicated to Don Robert House Illinois, and his family, my kinsfolk 2020 © Copyright Sheena Blackhall May 2020

Sunday, 26 April 2020

The Poems: The Prophet Hen of Leeds

Title: The Prophet Hen of Leeds Published by Malfranteaux Concepts, Aberdeen Printed by: Repro Overflow, Aberdeen Cover: Mediaeval Engraving from godecookery.com, A Feast for the Eyes 32. Stuffing a Hen: illustration from Mediaeval Life. The poem ‘Immigrant’is published by Silvia Errejon from Pearson Educacion in Spain. Pearson Educacion is a publishing company specialized in publishing textbooks for English teaching language in schools. This publishing plan includes a new Secondary method for English Language Teaching for students aged between 12 and 16 . Title: 9788420569246 / 9788420569260 Real World Advanced Students' Format: print and digital Territory: Spain. Craigcoilleach, Ballater is to be published by Lallans. The Wee Sea Quine :Owersett from The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, was commissioned by Itchy Coo for a forthcoming anthology. Thanks are due to Malfranteaux Concepts for agreeing to publish this pamphlet and for Repro Overflow for printing it. 2020 © Sheena Blackhall May 2020

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Not my Circus, Not my Monkey Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall & Tom Hubbard Published by Malfranteaux Concepts 2020 © Copyright Sheena Blackhall and Tom Hubbard 2020 The cover image is of an Aztec monkey god (1) Sheena Blackhall Ozomatli the Aztec monkey was considered the companion spirit ('nahual') and servant of the god Xochipilli (god of music and dance). The monkey was a creature associated with the arts, games and fun. The song 'Elphinstane' was written to commemorate the Institute's 25th anniversary. Others celebrate the recently opened Music Hall & Art Gallery in Aberdeen. Gairden Veesitors was inspired by a calendar created by the wildlife photographer Catriona Low of Kintore. Dreams was written in Glasgow's Botanic Gardens inspired by a tea tree, during a workshop overseen by Larry Butler. Blythe was one of the first poems written as Makar for the Doric Board. Blythe Yule in Aiberdeen was published in the Evening Express. Thanks are due to Philip & Vicki Watt for their ongoing help and support. Acknowledgements (2) Tom Hubbard Not all the pieces in my section are 'new' in a strict sense, but they appear here together, along with more recent items, for the first time. Thanks to the Ledig- Rowohlt Foundation for my 2012 residency at the Château Lavigny, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, where a number of these pieces were composed. I'd also like to thank the Elphinstone Institute of Aberdeen University.where, as a Visiting Scholar in 2012, I gave the lecture on William Alexander; I'm also indebted to my friends at Glasgow University's Slavonic section (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) for inviting me to present the paper on Pushkin in Scotland at a weekend conference in December 2019. I was fair joco when Sheena invited me to share this pamphlet, the third of our collaborations .since 2012! My daughter Claire Hubbard has helped with the pagination. Thanks, too, to the editors of the following publications where some of these pieces appeared for the first time: Bella Caledonia; A Festschrift for Duncan Glen at Seventy-Five; Fras; The Glad Rag; Lallans; The One O' Clock Gun; Scotia Nova; Scottish Poetry in Translation. For details of my recent books of poetry and fiction, please visit the website of Grace Notes Publications. Details of these and my other works are also available on the online catalogues of the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow University Library, and the Scottish Poetry Library.
Title: Henry VIIIth’s Perks.Pamphlet no 150 Poems in Scots & English Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Service Graphics Aberdeen The Cover Image is the King of Spades c. Sheena Blackhall March 2020 Many of these poems were written whilst a patient in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Slains was written for filming at Slains Castle during a visit with Freak Films and Dr Fiona-Jane Brown. The Thunder Hole was written after a photographic session at Maryculter House for a tourism project 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 Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection.Sheena Blackhall March 2020 Dedicated to Kenna Anderson ‘Just take this step’, said the horse. ‘The horizon will look after itself.’…‘ The Truth is I need pictures. They are like islands , places to get to in a sea of words.’ From: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse’, by Charlie Mackesy, Ebury Press, 2019

Friday, 21 February 2020

The Poems: The Gas Mask in the Glory Hole

Acknowledgements: The Gas Mask in the Glory Hole Pamphlet 148 Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall Published by Malfranteaux Concepts 2020 Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen.The Reiver Rattie was written as a Doric version of The Reiver Rat, the Scots translation by James Robertson of The Highway Rat, by Julia Donaldson. Drumneachie Ferm was chosen as one of the poems to appear on the Best Scottish Poems online, 2019. Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection.Sheena Blackhall February 2020

Friday, 7 February 2020

The Poems: The Undertaker Bees

Acknowledgements: The Undertaker Bees Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall Published by Malfranteaux Concepts 2020 Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen. Wid Mannie was written to re-enact at Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema, prior to a screening of The Reiver Rat, the Scots translaton by James Robertson of The Highway Rat, by Julia Donaldson. Deeside Games was written to deliver to the annual dinner of the Ballater Games Committee.Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection.Sheena Blackhall January 2020.Dedicated to my children,Ross, Morag & Kenna & grandchildren Jessica, Winnie, Natalie & Skye.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

The Poems: Why give Nuts to a Man with no Teeth

Title: Why give Nuts to a Man with no Teeth? Pamphlet no 146.Poems & Tales in Scots & English. Published by Malfranteaux Concepts.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen. The cover image is by the artist Sue Ruben. The back cover is by Sine NicThearlaich (Sheena Blackhall). Many of these poems were written at Dhanakosa 18th- 25th October 2019 after performing the ritual of TeSlagi or the Dance of the Four Directions under the direction of the creative writing tutor Larry Butler. Others were inspired by the music of the Burmese-Scottish composer of Electronic Music Fiona Soe Paing. The poem ‘Stanley Superman’ was written for ‘A Barrie Night: Remembering Stanley Robertson’ performed at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, part of the ‘Being Human’ a festival of the humanities.Several others were written during the Sound Festival Aberdeen during workshops and inspired by We need to talk / Il faut qu'on parle. which explores the relationship between two cellists. Yuletide was written to perform at Fiona Kennedy’s concert: VSA St Machar’s 2019. Walter Scott: Hot Trotter was a response to studying an Aberdeen University online course, Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument, a four-week course delivered by Professor Ali Lumsden, the director of Aberdeen’s Walter Scott Research Centre & Honorary librarian Abbotsford, and Kirsty Archer-Thompson who is responsible for the collections, interiors and built heritage of Abbotsford.Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection, and also to the artist Sue Ruben for allowing the use of her work to provide the cover image. As well as painting, Consultant psychiatrist Dr Sue Ruben worked in both General Adult Psychiatry and Addictions in North Wales, and Liverpool. Sheena Blackhall November 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019

The Poems: The Glastonbury Thorn

Acknowledgements: Title: The Glastonbury Thorn (Pamphlet145)poems & Tales in Scots & English, Published by Malfranteaux Concepts,Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, The Cover Image the Glastonbury Thorn (postage stamp)c. Sheena Blackhall October 2019 Price £5.00 At the first Scots Language Awards on the 27th September in Glasgow, Blackhall was presented with The Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award. The Scots panel which awarded this honour included Matthew Fitt, Ali Heather, Sheena Wellington, James Robertson and more. The poem, Gaitherin Lear, was written to read at the Ceremony. The Tale o C-Thru D2, frae the Planet Diabetes has been accepted by Lallans. This tale was written at the request of Garthdee Diabetic Doctor, Dr House.The Imp of the Perverse was written to explore the metaphor for the urge to do exactly the wrong thing in a given situation for the sole reason that it is possible for wrong to be done. The impulse is compared to an imp (a small demon) which leads an otherwise decent person into mischief, and occasionally to their death. The phrase has a long history in literature, and was popularized (and perhaps coined) by Edgar Allan Poe in his short story, "The Imp of the Perverse". The Imp of the Perverse is also exemplified in "Le Mauvais Vitrier" ("The Bad Glazier"), a prose poem by Charles Baudelaire.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 Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collectionc. Sheena Blackhall October 2019