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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Oddly Familiar

Where I’ll mostly be from now on. The buzzword for this week is ‘unprecedented times’. And yes, we’ve never had a lockdown before. And we haven’t had a totally new virus, as far as we know, since medicine became a science. And it’s all a bit weird. There are people out in the streets –…
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March 24, 2020 0

Virtual Launch: There Will Be Dancing by Kemal Houghton

In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of Poetry have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of publications by Red Squirrel Press. Electric Minstrel Plugged-in and tunes selected, the electric minstrel fills the air with a beat they will know…
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March 20, 2020 3

A Sense of Newness

I haven’t written a territory post for months, and frankly, I don’t think this is it either, but a few pretty pictures might lighten the mood a little. There is increased birdsong every day, and wrens, dunnocks, robins and bluetits are everywhere. My husband leaned out of the car window yesterday as we passed two…
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March 18, 2020 0

Writing in the Eye of a Storm

The birds have come back to the garden, second brood starlings and sparrows lined up along hedges, combing the lawn’s thatch for spilt grass seeds, emerging ants. Blue tits cling to whippy branches, dunnocks pry into cracks in the bark, goldfinches pick apart seed heads of nettle and marigold. A willow warbler slips furtive between…
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March 13, 2020 2

Your Own Place

Having a place means that you know what a place means… what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense… Integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness. Gary Snyder I picked this quotation up on Twitter this week and I’ve been trying to track down exactly where…
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February 7, 2020 0

Declaration

I was at the opening event of Celtic Connections Yesterday, to hear a commissioned piece inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath and played by the Grit Orchestra which seems to include almost every musician in every genre in Scotland. Words by Liz Lochhead were included: ‘A declaration is a clear and open statement about who…
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January 17, 2020 0

Last Blog of the Decade

I am not going to do a ‘state of the nation’ piece, because the state of the whole world, frankly, is ‘hell mend ye’, and I am so grateful to the millions of people I know who are saying loudly and forcefully, ‘we will not allow this to go on’. You are, literally, holding me…
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December 31, 2019 0

Because the Land Are We – A Review of Balefire by Jim Carruth

Polygon 2019 isbn 978 1 84697 500 4 81 pp. £8.99 If you look up the word ‘balefire’ – once you get past the role-playing games inspired by the Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels – you will find that in Scotland, it is a purification fire. Houses were cleaned in spring and the…
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November 19, 2019 0

Turning into Winter

Winter here is a time of opening out, rather than closing in. When the leaves begin to fall, great gaps open in our horizons and we can see further out across the fields and towards the hills out eastward and the castle to the west. Evenings and mornings, skeins of geese fly over the house,…
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November 8, 2019 0