Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

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

The Wren in the Ash Tree

The last twenty pages of Haggards contain a long poem called The Wren in the Ash Tree. I’ve been going on about it , it seems like forever, and bits of it have appeared in Dark Mountain 9 and on this blog here, but now you will be able to get the whole thing. It…
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January 11, 2018 0

New Year, New Book

As it’s only just over a month until the launch of Haggards, I guess it’s time I started talking about it a bit! I don’t have a cover image yet but I hope these roses will give you a taste of what’s to come. They are  growing in a stretch of wild land near my…
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January 4, 2018 0

Slow Stitch by Claire Wellesley-Smith

I was attracted to this book when I saw it in the V&A shop last summer by the low-key illustrations – the subtle colours, simple stitches, the neatness and regularity of her technique, and the care represented by the samples of sewing – there’s a gentle observant rhythm to them which is modest but not…
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November 23, 2017 0

Winter Violets

Violets do this – flowering randomly any time from October to April. Back in the day there was a whole industry forcing violets to bloom through the winter so that flower girls could sell posies on the streets of London. I have never seen enough violets in bloom at once to make a posy, but…
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November 12, 2017 0