Friday, 7 October 2016

The Doric Gruffalo's Bairn

The Doric Gruffalo's Bairn: The Gruffalo's Child In Doric Scots from the book by Julia Donaldson, translated by Sheena Blackhall. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler £6.99. Published by Itchy Coo : 11th October 2016 ISBN: 9781785300691 Sheena Blackhall’s Doric version of The Gruffalo is now followed by The Doric Gruffalo’s Bairn. A cautionary tale about what happens when a small Gruffalo leaves the comfort of its cave and sets off into the dark wood on a wintry night, this is sure to be another big hit in the North-East and with Doric speakers wherever they bide.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Poems : The Seely Howe

Title: The Seely Howe.Poems in Scots & English by Sheena Blackhall.Published by Lochlands, Maud, Aberdeenshire.Printed by Thistle Reprographics, 55 Holburn Street Aberdeen. Cover: Tomnaverie, taken from Tarland- a great place to walk. Cost: £3.00. Copyright: S. Blackhall October 2016: Acknowledgements: Tomnaverie stone circle dates from around 2000 BC. During the writing of this pamphlet, my son Morven’s ashes were buried in the family lair at Coull, in the Howe of Cromar, overlooked by Lochnagar and the Druid circle of Tomnaverie. To hear my poem of that name, and view the area, click on the following link: The Middleton family have been buried at Coull since 1622. Coull Castle lies one field away from the graveyard. The title of this pamphlet ‘The Seely Howe’ is taken from an ancient North East rhyme: Dool, Dool tae Blelack, An Dool tae Blelack’s Heir, For sendin us fae the Seely Howe, Tae the Cauld Hill o Fare. (When the last Gordon laird of Blelack near Tarland employed a local wizard to expel the fairy folk from a sheltered glen on his estate to the Hill o Fare by Echt, they cursed him in revenge. The word seely means happy/blessed).Some of these poems and the playlet were written for a writing project entitled ‘Granite’. Other poems are to be published by Forward Poetry in three anthologies, entitled ‘Inspirational Idols’, ‘Limerick Legends’, and ‘Perfect Pets’. Thanks are also due to the ongoing support and encouragement of Les Wheeler, in agreeing to publish this collection.