Friday 29 March 2024

The Poems: Robin Reidbriest's Testament

Acknowledgements:Title: Robin Reidbreist’s Testament (Pamphlet no 198) Front Cover : Robin photo online Published by Malfranteaux Concepts,Printed by Retro Overflow : Sheena Blackhall March 2024 Broomhall House was written after a meeting of the Order of the Scottish Samurai Awards, at the venue on Sunday 3rd March 2024, when Sheena Blackhall / Middleton was given the Order of the Scottish Samurai by Ronnie Watt, founding member OSS Grand Marshal 0BE, 0RS, MStJ, for services to arts, poetry and the community.Freya Eden-Ellis found the poem Lollipop, while researching poems for a set of early literacy videos she is making. The series is called Word Waves, and is for BBC Bitesize Scotland. They're aimed at 3-6 year olds, and are intended to focus children on listening to the words, the sounds and rhythm, and model how to choose books to share with their grown ups. A print run of (50-100) would be distributed for free to schools and libraries in Scotland. I am a Poem was inspired by Billy Collins Introduction to Poetry, featured on a SPL Zoom meeting. Other poems were written during a four day trip to the Loch Lomond area. For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on line catalogue of the National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots & 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 due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume, and to Kenna Anderson for allowing the use of her tale Local detective crowned a hero. March 2024 Limited print run of 100 copies

Wednesday 7 February 2024

The Poems: The Fower Dragons

Acknowledgements Title: The Fower Dragons (Pamphlet no 197) Front Cover : Whispering Shadows in the Cosmic Dance by R.Sanchez dreamtime.com Published by Malfranteaux Concepts,Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright: Sheena Blackhall February 2024 The anecdote Hogmanay appeared within an article by Neil Drysdale in December 2023’s P & J, ‘When Hogmanay was a Bigger Deal than Xmas.’For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on line catalogue of the National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots & 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 due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume. February 2024 Limited print run of 50 copies

Thursday 28 December 2023

The Poems: The Wylde Cattie

Acknowledgements. Title: The Wylde Cattie (Pamphlet no 196) Front Cover : Wild Cat 2 by the Muchalls Artist Rosy Long Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright: Sheena Blackhall January 2024 Cauld Yule appeared in an article on Xmas Memories by Neil Drysdale in the P & J on December 23rd. Transport was the Doric Column in the P & J’s December 16th issue. Countesswells was written after two day visits to the area. For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on line catalogue of the National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots & 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 due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume. January 2024 Limited print run of 50 copies

Friday 17 November 2023

Title: The Japanese Funeral et al (Pamphlet no 195) Front Cover : Japanese Funeral (Wellcome Collection) Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright Sheena Blackhall December 2023 Cover : Japanese Funeral Customs : The Cortège leaves the Dead Man’s House on the way to the Temple: watercolour 1880. Part of the Wellcome Collection 5657931. A Buddhist monk carrying a parasol leads the cortège; the palanquin, flanked by containers of leafy plants, is carried by four attendants; two men walk alongside the palanquin, holding aloft a slender yellow or gold (?) bow or arch; three men dressed in samurai costumes follow the palanquin; two women and a child weep as the cortège passes; a kneeling man watches from the verandah.Acknowledgements The poem Xmas Blues was written to perform at Aberdeen VSA’s event at the Salvation Army Citadel on Dec 13th. of 50 copies. Sheena Blackhall copyright December 2023

Friday 3 November 2023

The Poems: The Abbot o Unreason

Acknowledgements Title: The Abbot o Unreason (Pamphlet no 194) Front Cover : Mediaeval floor tile from the Derby Black Friary, showing a triumphant hunting hare mounted on a dog.Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright Sheena Blackhall November 2023 The poem The Auld Fowks’ Hame will be published in Best Scottish Online Anthology 2022. Fit Wye Nae was inspired by the theme for the 2004 Doric film festival given by Frieda Morrison. Limited edition of 50

Wednesday 27 September 2023

The Poems: The Mithers

Acknowledgements Title: The Mithers (Pamphlet no 193)Front Cover : The Mothers from a woodcut in 1922 by Käthe Kollwitz: Die Mütter Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow October 2023 Limited print run of 50 copies. Thanks are due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume. Sheena Blackhall copyright October 2023 Some of these poems were written to perform at Aberdeen University’s Wayword Festival, 19/9/23 at the Blue Lamp. Others were inspired by Art work in Aberdeen’s Art Fair at Aberdeen’s Music Hall (Sept 1-3 20230. Still more were written on a research tour of the Loch Lomond National Park.

Tuesday 22 August 2023

The Poems: The Lobster

Acknowledgements:Title:The Lobster(Pamphlet no 192) Front Cover : Copy of The Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dali (1938)Published by Malfranteaux Concepts Printed by Retro Overflow Copyright: Sheena Blackhall For more information on publications by Sheena Blackhall visit http://sheenablackhall.blogspot.com or the on line catalogue of the National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/index/html. All of Blackhall’s poems in Scots & 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 due to Malfranteaux Concept for publishing this volume. Copyright September 2023 Limited print run of 50 copies