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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

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

The Power Behind my On-Line Presence

I won’t be doing this often, don’t worry. But something exciting just happened in my family, and I feel the need to celebrate – and include a bit of shameless promotion of the power behind my on-line presence. This is Naomi, my younger daughter. She is also NMRimmer, who designed this site – and the…
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February 29, 2016 0

The Rollercoaster Year

There is no doubt that 2015 has been one of the most turbulent in my entire life. Apart from the political nonsense, the new wars, the refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism (which is less fear of the terrorists than the way we respond to it), there has been illness, some of it sudden…
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December 23, 2015 0

The Territory of Rain full poem

I didn’t put the whole poem up yesterday, because it’s been about a bit, (being the title poem of the new book and all) but then I thought I’d better. The Territory of Rain This is the territory of rain. It is king here, more than cold or wind, and all living is by negotiation…
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December 8, 2015 2

Laudato Si

  Laudato Si is the most recent encyclical issued by Pope Francis this year, which deals with the environment. Its theme is set by the subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home”, and it has been widely praised for its absolute commitment to the duty of taking responsibility for the damage humans are doing to…
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December 3, 2015 0

Writers in the Bath

I am honoured to be asked to take part in this: Writers in The Bath The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St, Sheffield. S3 7QL 7.30pm November 10th Cosy up in The Bath and enjoy poetry about the great outdoors with Elizabeth Rimmer reading from her second collection from Red Squirrel Press, The Territory of Rain…
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November 8, 2015 0

A Little Bit of Callander Loveliness

These photos were all taken by my husband Paul Rimmer, but they have only just become available to me (though some people will have already seen some of them on facebook). This is the lineup (from the front) – me, Sheila Wakefield, Anne Connolly and Chris Powici.   I’ve had some very kind feedback about…
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September 28, 2015 0

Orpheus Plays – a post for the International Day of Peace

Orpheus Plays 1: Callander Poetry Festival 2006 For Iyad Haiatley, a Palestinian poet, finally granted political asylum in December 2006 Poetry in the Garden starts when Colin strikes the small Tibetan bowl. The warmed and singing bronze awakes a humming clarity, which sounds through noise of knife and fork, book sales, poets checking one another…
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September 21, 2015 0

The Territory of Rain

I haven’t seen it in person yet, but this is the cover picture Sheila Wakefield of Red Squirrel sent me. The cover photo is by Gerry Cambridge, who has designed and typeset the book. I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude, in dealing with a manuscript that wasn’t as organised as I thought it…
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September 4, 2015 0