Month: July 2011

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Artists of the week – Peatbog Faeries

Probably no-one needs any introduction to the Peatbog Faeries, but I picked them as this weeks artists because of the title track from their album Faerie Stories. It has a backing track of swifts flying round a house in Nice belonging to a friend – very timely just now with swifts everywhere. I was trying…
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July 28, 2011 0

Artist of the Week – Christine de Luca

The marigolds are subbing for the sunshine which is currently lacking in our garden. We’ve had about 70mm of rain this week, and it’s only Thursday! This weeks artist is the Edinburgh based but Shetland-born poet Christine de Luca. She writes in both English and Shetlandic, and you can find my review of her latest…
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July 21, 2011 0

Artist of the Week – Margaret Bennett

This week’s artist is the singer, story-teller and folklorist Margaret Bennett. As well as being a wonderful performer in her own right, Margaret is a gifted teacher. In 2009 she was teaching Gaelic singing to a class on Luing, and a blackbird joined in. She stopped the children so they could listen to it, but…
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July 15, 2011 0

July garden pictures

The garden is full of sun today, so I thought I’d let you see how things are growing and flowering.We started digging the early potatoes last week, but these need another week or two.The sweet peas are just hitting their stride. I got the oldfashioned mix for their scent, but the colours are amazing too.…
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July 8, 2011 3

Poems to the Sea – a tribute to Cy Twombly

I usually find modern art challenging. I like it to be naturalistc and I have a preference for beautiful – which makes me fairly illiterate, I know. So Cy Twombly’s exhibition at Tate Modern a couple of years ago was really challenging. But when I got it – I really fell for it. I was…
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July 6, 2011 1

Artist of the week Richard Ashrowan film-maker

Richard Ashrowan is based in the Scottish borders and makes films of intense observation of the natural world. My favourite (so far) isLament, a study of the landscape where he lives and which he describes as ‘odd and empty’. It is brooding and atmospheric and reminds me of the muckle sangs and the battle-scarred history…
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July 5, 2011 0