Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Digging for Bait

Picture by Paul Rimmer, a rock pool at Ardnamurchan. This is one of the poems from The Eurydice Rising sequence, which was published in poetry Scotland last year. It has a lot of Shetland references because I was originally inspired by the Shetland ballad King Orfeo, (it’s quoted in the first stanza), in which Orpheus…
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April 2, 2009 5

Northwords Now

Northwords Now have a web-site, and my poems – also Sally Evans and the translations of Lorca by Christie Williamson – are up on it, though you’d better download the pdf, or you’ll go cross-eyed reading the font. Northwords Now is based in the Highlands and distributed free through libraries and bookshops. You can find…
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March 30, 2009 0

Nigh-No-Place

I’m just re-reading Jen Hadfield’s Nigh-No-Place because I’m going to see her read on Thursday at SCoP, Stirling University on Thursday. I’m finding them very interesting, they start arguments in my head, conversations about geography and poems about wind and rock-pools. For all the collection is called Nigh-No-Place, the poems seem very much rooted in…
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March 30, 2009 3

Stirling’s makar

Stirling installed its first Makar on Friday – Magi Gibson. She is a really good poet, and a great teacher and I think she will do a lot to encourage people to read and write poetry. The ceremony took place in the stunningly beautiful Holy Rude Church in Stirling. Almost all the poets I could…
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March 10, 2009 2

all gone quiet

It’s cold. It hasn’t snowed much to complain about here, we’re too close to sea level, but the three and a half snowflakes that did fall are still sitting among the snowdrops and fennel stems because the ground is too cold and hard to melt them. I’m putting together a sequence of Irish poems into…
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February 13, 2009 0

February already

January got eaten by family illnesses, de-cluttering the house, preparing the next chunk of work for the Lúcháir project and structuring Recusant – which I think I might have to call Who Time Sleeps Withal, and learning how to use my new, very shiny, and very complicated phone. It seems to do everything but make…
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February 3, 2009 0

the fence is steaming

The sky was clear this morning, but the pond didn’t look frozen, so I was surprised to find the grass crunching under my feet and the greenhouse frozen shut. In spite of the sun the thermometer says it’s -2C, and the fence, which faces east is steaming gently. There was a flight of geese overhead…
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January 13, 2009 0

happy christmas

Thanks to family activities – illness, a death, a party – and responsibilities on behalf of our local community council, work has almost come to an end for the year. I’m making plans for next year, however, and hope to be back with poems and short stories in January. Happy Christmas everybody.


December 23, 2008 0

family stuff

Work seems to be grinding slowly to a halt. I get distracted by Christmas shenanigans (our village Christmas lunch and carols, catching up with friends before we get too busy, shopping, cooking, cleaning —)and also by family stuff. We have one daughter at home, and her erstwhile flat-mate staying for a while, and a grand-daughter…
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December 9, 2008 0

Northwords Now

The new edition finally got here, and I have copies for my mother and my mother-in-law. Sally Evans and I share a page, which makes me feel very honoured, and we feature on the front cover, which impresses me! It’s a very well-produced magazine, and has been one of my favourites for the last couple…
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December 2, 2008 0