Wednesday, 10 November 2021

The Poems: Meenstrukk

Title: Meenstrukk : Pamphlet 173. Cover: The Lovers: by Marc Chagall. Published by Malfranteaux Concepts. Printed by Retro Overflow. Copyright: Sheena Blackhall November 2021.Acknowledgements: Peter Craig, editor of Echoes from Cromar’s Past, tells us that ‘the rock underlying Morven is much the same as some of the rock brought back from the Moon. The most accepted theory of the origin of the Moon is that it was formed when a large asteroid hit the Earth soon after its formation and the huge amount of ejected debris later coalesced to form the Moon. Thus Moon rocks are very similar to those that the Earth was made of at that time, but, while Moon rocks haven’t suffered any weathering or erosion (no atmosphere, water or plate tectonics), those on Earth have been constantly recycled, with the result that there are many, many more different kinds of rock on Earth than on the Moon.’

Thursday, 23 September 2021

The Poems: Touch & Go

Acknowledgements Title: Touch & Go : Pamphlet no 172 Cover: Free Surrealist image from Pixabay Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright: Sheena Blackhall 2021. The Doctor in the Kirk was accepted by Lallans 99. The Cattie Poem was inspired by a piece written by Ananda, (Stephen Parr). Blue Lampie was written for the event North East Voices, part of the Aberdeen University Festival Wayword 21. The Howe o the Mearns was written to perform at the Johnshaven Heritage Day. Bawd bi the Dee featured in The Great Scottish Canvas virtual exhibition on 18 September during Climate Fringe Week, a week of climate events in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow. It will also appear in the Great Scottish Canvas book which will be brought to the UN climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow this November, to kickstart conversations about the future the people of Scotland want to see. The concluding Scots Owersetts are based on poems in World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time.Sheena Blackhall c. September 2021

Thursday, 19 August 2021

The Poems: Chacun à Son Goût / Fitiver Floats yer Boat: Pamphlet no 171

Title: Chacun à Son Goût / Fitiver Floats yer Boat: Pamphlet no 171 Cover: Free Image: Shuttershock,Published by Malfranteaux Concepts,Printed by Retro Overflow,Copyright: Sheena Blackhall 2021.The poem The Hurcheon was written to perform at The Wee Gatherin, July 21st 2021, a mini festival of the best in Scottish poetry, hosted by the Poets’ Republic Magazine. The Poem, Burns the Celebrity, was inspired by the Glasgow University Future Learning Course: Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy.Re. the poem ‘I Remember’…The Scottish Covid Memorial honours lost loved ones and recognises the impact of the pandemic upon us all, helping to shape a culture of recuperation. During summer 2021 the artistic team, led by Alec Finlay, prepared to co-create the memorial – an artwork in Pollok Country Park, online publication, and installations at satellite venues across Scotland – details of which will be confirmed in the autumn. From July, workshops took place in communities. These guided the writing of memories as an ‘I remember’ written text. The creative workshops will be guided by designer Lucy Richards and poet Ken Cockburn. The ‘I remember’ form was first devised by Joe Brainard. Examples of the ‘I remember’ produced for the memorial project can be found on the project blog. Thanks are due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume, and to the creator of the cover image from Shuttershock.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Owersetts: The War o the Warlds

The War o the Warlds: The War of the Worlds in North-east Scots (Doric) (Scots Edition) Owersett by Sheena Blackhall ISBN: 1782012710 Author: H G Wells. Pages: 224 Publisher: Evertype Publication Date: 2021-08-01

Thursday, 29 July 2021

The Anthologies: Living our Dying

Living our Dying: eds Larry Butler & Sheila Templeton, ISBN 978-1-9196286-3-9 £15.00 pub. Rymour Books July 2012. Inspired by the work of the late David Donnison, thirty-two writers, including Sheena Blackhall, blend prose and poetry, look at dying and the process of dying. Intrinsic to the book is the desire to discuss creatively a subject often regarded as taboo. Most of us, especially in the West, find it hard to look death in the eye. In Living Our Dying, we learn how to talk more honestly about our fears, our pain, our wishes around death, and what emerges is a richer engagement with life.'I love this beautiful book. It will not only help you to die a good death, it will strengthen you to live a good life' RICHARD HOLLOWAY

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

The Poems: The Poem that Walked on Stilts

Acknowledgements: Title: The Poem that Walked on Stilts : Pamphlet no 170.Front Cover: An online tattoo design based on Salvador Dali’s elephant works. Back Cover: Winnie Blackhall creating a bower for a rabbit, Coull.Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow. Copyright: Sheena Blackhall July 2021.The back cover features Winnie Blackhall aged 8 creating a bower at the entrance to a rabbit hole at Coull, which she constructed with her sister Jessica.The front cover is taken from an online tattoo design, itself based on the work by Salvador Dali. Lockdown in a Bedroom was included in Best Scottish Poems 2020. Best Scottish Poems is an online publication, consisting of 20 poems chosen by a different editor each year, with comments by the editor and poets. It provides a personal overview of a year of Scottish poetry. The editor in 2020 was Janette Ayachi. Several Poems were inspired by artists who were included in the exhibition British Art Show 9, running at Aberdeen Art Gallery July 2021. Others were prompted by items in the programme QI (Flying with Falcons etc) What is forgotten & What Remains? is inspired by the title of an event at the Museum of Immigration, Paris, running from May2019-August 2021. Sheena Blackhall c. July 2021

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The Poems: Ice Cream Dreams

Title: Ice Cream Dreams : Pamphlet no 169 Cover: free Vector download Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright: Sheena Blackhall June 2021 Many of the poems were inspired by works in the Aberdeen Artists online exhibition, June 2021. Protectrix was commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s The Verb programme, broadcast on 11th June 2021, presented by Ian McMillan.Thanks are due to Malfranteaux Concepts for publishing this volume, and to the creator of the cover image.Sheena Blackhall c. June 2021