Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Vernal Equinox Prize Giving

I’ve had this notice from the Federation of Writers (Scotland). The AGM will be held on Tuesday 28 June 7pm (please note later start from the one projected in the last newsmail) with the prize-giving to follow at 8.00pm at the Victoria Bar Tron Theatre. Prizewinners who are also Federation members are urged to attend…
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June 17, 2016 0

Settle by Theresa Munoz

This book, Theresa Munoz’ first full collection, is published by Vagabond Voices, and has been attracting a fair bit of attention in the wider media, because of its timely dealing with the theme of migration. Theresa Munoz was born in Canada, but became a British citizen in 2014, and the first section of the book…
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May 3, 2016 1

April Already

I have been slack this year, and the garden is only just beginning to get the attention it needs, but the chives are growing lush and strong. The knot garden is looking a bit battered – I lost four santolinas, which is a thing I never remember happening before, and I’ve already replaced two rosemary…
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April 20, 2016 0

Grounded Poetry – On Being Local

There’s a song called All the Way from Tuam, by an Irish band called The Saw Doctors, which has a line that goes (roughly) ‘No matter where you’re from, everyone’s local’. They were a lot bigger then – 2009, I’d guess, and they were being interviewed about their music. They explained that they had found,…
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April 7, 2016 0

What You Should Know to be a Poet

This is a post I wrote back in 2011, but I’m re-posting, because both poets have been drawn to my attention today. David Morley has just won the Ted Hughes prize for his collected poems The Invisible Gift, and Matt Merritt has just published a prose book called A Sky Full of Birds. I pinched…
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April 1, 2016 2


I first came across the photographer and eco-campaigner Ginny Battson on twitter, where I was fascinated by her beautiful photographs, and her well thought out campaigns for preserving natural habitats and teaching eco-literacy as a standard element in education. Her blog Seasonalight has inspired and stimulated a lot of my own thinking about ecology, permaculture…
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March 24, 2016 0

Federation Vernal Equinox Writing Competitions

The deadline for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Competition has been extended to 31st March. You can find the details here: Don’t hang about!

March 22, 2016 0

Early Spring, Cold and Noisy

It is chilly today, and with a thick layer of cloud from one horizon to the other, but nothing in the garden seems intimidated. Birds are singing from before five o’clock in the morning, and nest-building in the trees and hedges, including a magpie which is eyeing up our hazel hedge. I hope it gets…
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March 17, 2016 0

StAnza 2016 – The Festival of the Poetry Community

This is my poem Inhabitation. It is about a longhouse owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and if you can’t read the text, it begins: This is a longhouse, a hut/knee-deep in damp and it is in the window of an estate agent near to several of the venues for what turned out to…
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March 8, 2016 0

It’s Not Poetry Until We Tell You It Is

If you listen to Radio Scotland you might recognise my adaptation of a recent catchphrase ‘It’s not news until we tell you it is’. It has echoes of Tom Leonard’s iconic Six O’Clock News, and James Robertson’s recent The News Where You Are in 365 Stories. But lately I’ve come across the same attitude applied…
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