Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Poems: The Wound Man

Title: The Wound Man (Pamphlet 110):Poems & Tales in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall. Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: The Wound Man: a mediaeval medical illustration.(The Wellcome Library online, an example from MS.29 ) Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall May 2015. Dedication:This book is dedicated to Philip and Vicki Watt, Fadlydyke Farm New Deer. Concerning the cover: Mediaeval anatomy works often contained illustrations. The Wound Man shows all the injuries that a body might sustain. Captions describe the types of injuries, such as whether an arrow has embedded itself in a muscle or shot right through. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on Her website can be found on The poem Breakfast was shortlisted in the Irish Ó Bhéal’s 2nd annual competition and appears in Five Words Vol VIII. Many of these poems were written during a week in Wales, others were written over a residential drama workshop weekend run by WYTAS Interchange, Livingston. Others have been published in Lallans 86 and Pushing out the boat; Issue 13. Butterfly was inspired by the paper sculpture ‘Free to Fly’ and the May Festival song was written to celebrate the many events in Aberdeen University’s May programme. Journey to the Interior appears on Book Trust Scotland’s website ‘Journeys’.

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