Sunday, 16 December 2018

The Poems: The Incubus

Title: The Incubus: Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Aberdeen printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen.The cover image is Merlin, an Illustration from 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Sir Thomas Malory, 1893-94 by Aubrey Beardsley Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall November 2018 Acknowledgements The Hare was published in the Anthology ‘Letters to Animals’ selected and published by Diane Foley, printed by Blurb, 580 California St Ste 300, San Francisco, CA 94104-1024, USA. Haunfast is published in ‘A Year of Scottish Poems, foreword by Jackie Kay, selected by Gaby Morgan, published by Macmillan Children’s books. Janet Paisley 1948-2018 featured as Poem of the Day in The Herald, selected by Lesley Duncan. John Young, Riot, and the Blaik Drummer are all based on true stories in The Black Kalendar of Aberdeen (1746-1978) 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 encouragement of Malfranteaux Concepts, in agreeing to publish this collection, and to the ongoing support of Philip & Vicki Watt, Fadlydyke New Deer. Copyright Sheena Blackhall December 2018 Dedicated to Philip & Vicki Watt “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley

Friday, 16 November 2018

The Owersetts: O Mice & Men

Owersett intae Nor-East Scots by Sheena Blackhall: O Mice & Men by John Steinbeck pub by Evertype 2018. Cover ‘Blue blue bunny’ c. Wendy D. Stolyarov 2009 ISBN-10 1-78201-229-X. With thanks to Michael Everson for bringing this project to fruition

Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Poems: Number 6

Title: Number 6 IBSN 978-1-9164544-0-8 Poems in Scots & English Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is of the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy. Acknowledgments 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 Winter in Buchan is published in Lallans 93. Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Cconcepts for agreeing to publish this collection, and to Gerard Rochford for his support and encouragement c. Sheena Blackhall November 2018

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