Author: Elizabeth

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A Change in the Weather

Hellebores, primroses and wind anemones. Finally the wind changed and everything burst into life. I have spent the weekend clearing a ton of ground elder and Spanish bluebells from the borders, replacing the lavender plants that were killed by the frost, and potting on tomatoes and chillis in the greenhouse. The lemon verbena bush has…
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April 25, 2018 0

Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine by Declan O’Rourke

On Sunday we went to see the last British date for Declan O’Rourke‘s tour performing work from his new album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine. It was a searing experience, rather like my visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, which inspired my first collection, Wherever We Live Now, and I hesitated to buy the…
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April 19, 2018 0

And Then, This Happened

Thanks to Colin Waters of Vagabond Voices and the Scottish Poetry Library, this poem appeared in The Scotsman this weekend. I’m always surprised at the poems that attract attention. I had the phrase ‘a kist of light’ haunting me for about ten years before I found a poem to put it in, and right up…
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April 4, 2018 0

More Haggards Readings

In addition to the Glasgow readings mentioned in my recent events posts, I have advance news of some later readings:   Glasgow Launch of Haggards. The Scottish Writers Centre will host this on the 8th May, at the CCA Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow alongside books from Brian Johnstone, Judith Taylor and Tim Turnbull. 7-9pm. St…
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March 29, 2018 0

StAnza 2018

This year’s StAnza had all the usual good things, friendly welcome, brilliant poetry, buying too many books, fish supper at the Tail End, the lovely town of St Andrews, mercifully free of the beer festival this year and meeting so many old friends and making some new ones. This year had its individual aspects however.…
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March 14, 2018 0

#MeToo – rallying against sexual assault and harassment -review

#MeToo – rallying against sexual assault and harassment a women’s poetry anthology Edited by Deborah Alma This first response to the #metoo protest last year is not what I expected. In a counter-intuitive way it reminds me of Black Panther, in that its primary impact is not the big obvious issue, but the unusual experience…
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March 6, 2018 0

The Post Book Fallow

Every time I submit a manuscript, I resolve to keep going and not lose momentum while I the poems go through the proofing, editing, printing and turn into a book. I have sometimes written some new poems, often come up with new projects, planned translations and so on. But you can’t outrun it, so now…
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February 28, 2018 0

The Quiet Week

Today is sunny and not even too cold, which makes today the last before the cold air from Siberia hits. Forecasts show that the day time temperatures won’t rise so high and the night time ones will dip lower over the next fortnight, reminding me of that cold spring when daffodils came out and stayed…
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February 21, 2018 0

Go Little Book

What a weekend! It was a cold day, but lots of wonderful people came to The Scottish Poetry Library for the launch of Haggards. My brother came from Preston, all my family left their usual Saturday things, friends from Perth and Cupar Angus, poets and geopoeticians. Sheila Wakefield said some very kind things, and I…
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February 14, 2018 0

A New Website

This is the original of the new website home page – a picture of my stockbed in July 2015. My lovely web designer, Naomi Rimmer, and I thought we should have a new look for the new book. Have a look around! It’s simpler in some ways, and there’s a shop page for buying books,…
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February 9, 2018 0