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 or the on-line catalogue of the Nat. Library of Scotland All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots and English, are now uploaded on Her website can be found on An interview in podcast form with the poet appears on: Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.