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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The Darkest Day

It’s the winter solstice, and, apparently, the darkest in five hundred years, and frankly, it feels appropriate. On a public level, I don’t remember a time so full of anger, resentment, prejudice, greed and callous indifference to the suffering of others. There was Brexit, the shambles of politics in the US, terrorist atrocities, the horror…
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December 21, 2016 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs (3) Houseleek

This is probably not what you were expecting, if you know the charm. The usual translation is ‘lambs cress’, or hairy bittercress – cardamine hirsuta. I’ve even seen watercress. There are other candidates too, which we’ll discuss, but this is the one I’ve settled on. First, the translation: This plant is called ‘thunder’ * it…
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November 23, 2016 0

The Charm of Nine Herbs (2) Plantain

I can’t believe I didn’t have a photo of plantain when I first wrote this post. It’s everywhere, and you would think it would be somewhere in the wayside photos I’d been taking, but no, not once. But here is a photo I took later of a round-leaved plantain, flourishing even in the frost. And…
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November 17, 2016 0

Remembering

It’s that day again. In other years I have posted about the men I knew who were in the world wars and rejected the war-time ethos – the fighter pilot in World War 1 who took his payload of bombs and dropped them on a quiet field somewhere, because, he said, ‘You can’t go round…
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November 11, 2016 2

Healing Threads

Healing Threads by Mary Beith is now out of print, but you can still sometimes find it in second hand bookshops, though it isn’t cheap if you look on-line. My copy was from the wonderful Kings Bookshop in Callander, and was a real bargain. It isn’t a herbal as we might have come to expect,…
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October 26, 2016 0

Poetry Day

National Poetry Day at GoMA Library Queen Street Glasgow G1 3AH Thursday 6 October 2.30-5.30pm Come and celebrate National Poetry Day with the Federation of Writers (Scotland) at their usual venue either as audience or as reader. The theme is ‘messages’ in all senses and since a poem itself is a message there’s plenty of…
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September 29, 2016 0

Holidays

I’m out and about this week, so there won’t be much in the way of a regular post. I’ll be back next week with brief notes on the Edinburgh Festivals. Meantime, enjoy the last of the holidays.


August 11, 2016 0

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

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

Seasonalight

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