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

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Winter Wreath & The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales

The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales (Hardback)Publisher: The History Press Ltd ISBN: 9780750992039 contains ‘French Kate’ by Sheena Blackhall. Winter Wreath was published by Equinox Publishing, printed by The Gatehouse Design & Print Agency, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. It was launched at Spin in Aberdeen, as part of the Not Quite Dead Poets Society evening. Equinox Publishing is run by Angela Joss & Andy Bisset

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Poems: Goodbye to a Soul

Title: Goodbye to a Soul Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is Murder by the artist Rosy Long August 2019 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. Interviews with the poet appear on: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/podcast/sheena-blackhall and on Scots Radio: https// www.scotsradio.com/sheena-blackhall/ https://soundcloud.com/scotsradio/sheena-blackhall Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Cconcepts for agreeing to publish this collection, and to the artist Rosy Long for agreeing to the use of her work as cover. Most of these poems were written from August 3rd- 9th 2019, during a research trip to Duxford, Bletchley, Stratford, Ely, and the current Art exhibition at the National Arboretum. Others were inspired by work being done by Larry Butler & Sheila Templeton into approaches and responses to the subject of death. Two stories and associated Crathes Poems by Sheena Blackhall were written as part of The Hills an in Atween project. Grace Banks is heading this project; its aim is to discover more about the local rivers and the surrounding land – how folk made use of both over time - the legends, facts, stories, songs. It is hoped the work that will be shared and created will then form part of an audio/visual tapestry which will be presented to the International Storytelling festival 2020. As Grace has put it; ‘An interweavin doon the rivers exploring land use through time wi tales an sangs old and new, wi music and birdsang, wi pictures an photies to gie colour an meanin –through war and peace, through avarice and austerity. Encouraging a respect, a listenin and response tae what the earth needs.’

Monday, 22 July 2019

The Poems: A Scottish Pilgrimage

Title: A Scottish Pilgrimage (pamphlet 143) Poem in Scots by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Malfranteaux Concepts. Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is a wood engraving c. Wellcome Images, via Wiki Commons. The cartoon characters within were drawn by Sheena Blackhall. Thanks are due to Louise Baxter, chairwoman on the board at Aberdeen Arts Centre for suggesting this undertaking, and to Malfranteaux concepts for agreeing to publish it. Sheena Blackhall is my writing nom de plume. However over the years I have designed covers and illustrated books for myself and others, under the name of Sìne NicTheàrlaich, (Gaelic: Sheena, daughter of Charles). After a year’s study at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, I was a member of the Forecourt Art Group who exhibited at Langstane, and for many years was a member of the Aberdeen Artists’ Society. Sheena Blackhall/ Sìne NicTheàrlaich July 2019

Sunday, 14 July 2019

The Poems: Green Man Rising

Title: Green Man Rising: Pamphlet no 142, Poems in Scots & English, Published by Malfranteaux Concepts, Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen. The Cover Image ‘Green Man’ is by the artist Rosy Long, c. Sheena Blackhall July 2019 Price £5.00 Many of these poems were written in response to ‘The Lost Words’, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection, and also to the artist Rosy Long for allowing the use of her work to provide the cover image.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

From Gweedore to Skibbereen: Irish poems, ballads and pieces by Sheena Blackhall and Tom Hubbard, with Scots translations of poems by Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Gillian Clarke and Gabriel Fitzmaurice: Published by Malfranteaux Concepts, Aberdeen: Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street, Aberdeen: Cover image by Sine NicThearlaich Cost: £6.00 © Sheena Blackhall and Tom Hubbard May 2019. In 1960, when I was 13, my father booked us by car ferry to Ireland. He had a carefully planned itinerary in mind, one that took in his favourite songs ( He was a gifted tenor). And so we saw the sun go down on Galway Bay, the mountains of Mourne, the Roses of Tralee, Dublin’s fair city. I kissed the Blarney Stone with some difficulty. Danny Boy would have been impressed. On another occasion I was invited with others to a dinner hosted by Sir Duncan Rice to honour Seamus Heaney, one of my favourite poets. After, I sent him a short poem describing him as a ‘Lead Wolf’ in the poetry pack. His reply was typical of his Irish humour: it arrived on a postcard: ‘What can a lead wolf say but woof woof!’ In 2003 I was to perform at the Burns International Conference at Magee Campus, University of Ulster in Londonderry. I came down with flu once there and spent all weekend in bed, having ruined the speaker’s paper which I was due to illustrate through song. In 2015 I treated myself to a weekend in Dublin, immersing myself in the rich culture of the city. This was a much more fruitful visit. Paula Meehan was my tutor at an Arvon Creative Writing week which I attended, and I greatly enjoyed her work and that of her husband Theo Dorgan . The Welsh poet Gillian Clarke’s poem ‘Overheard in County Sligo’ is another of my cherished poems: my thanks go to those three poets for graciously allowing me to owersett their work into Scots: I’ve included Irish songs taught to me by the North East traveller John Watt Stewart. Like my father, I delight to sing them. Finally, on a whim, I sent my DNA off to Cambridge for testing. On my mother’s side I am Ashkenazi Jew. I persuaded my father’s grandson in Canada to have his DNA tested. The result of my paternal DNA? 100% the same as the indigenous Irish population!

Monday, 13 May 2019

The Poems: Neeps an Sheeps (pamphlet 140)

Title: Neeps an Sheeps Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. The cover image is by Rosy Long, entitled ‘Neeps an Sheeps : Blackhall May 2019. Price: £5 Ghaists o Schoolhill was written in response to a suggestion given by Alfie McGuinness, Director and Head of Construction & Design at Dandara Ltd. (Currently working on the Triple Kirks project). Neeps an Sheeps was inspired by Rosy Long’s delightful picture and title. Thanks are also due to Malfranteux Concepts for agreeing to publish this collection, and to Rosy Long for agreeing to the use of her work as the cover. Neeps an Sheeps Inspired by Rosy Long’s title of her work Spring rain dreeps On neeps an sheeps In cauldrife Buchan parks Bit sheeps wi neeps Can thole the dreeps They’re weirin wooly sarks!