Review of Jennie Lee’s Homework Project, Buirds, The Twelve

Jennie Lee’s Homework Project, William Hershaw, Grace Note Publications, Ochtertyre, 2017, 50pp., £6.50 This is ‘a play suitable for upper primary/lower secondary school ages’ and involves Jennie Lee, who ‘doesn’t like school much, let alone history’, but through the...

Review of Poems by Sheena Blackhall

Wind-Blawn: Poems in Scots and English; Comings & Goings: Poems, Tales in Scots & English; Thursdays: Poems & Playlet in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts, Aberdeen; Lochlands, Maud (x 2); all titles by Sheena Blackhall, 2017, 26pp., £3.00...

El Desdichado

Frae the French o Gérard de Nerval Ah’m the schadowit een – widaw man – ayont ease, The Prince o Aquitaine tae the fawen toor: Ma sole Star’s deid – an ma lute w’starn least Hauds a dark sun peakit and door. In the lair’s nicht – ye wha made me easy, Gie’s again...

Bairn-play Villanelle

Feetikins pammer an littlins skirl Thon’s the wye the bairnies play Hug yer lugs they’re like tae dirl Watch wee quinies daunce an birl Skirts are fleein an hair’s agley Caa the ropies plain an purl Here’s the loon wi the cruikit curl Plays his lane near ilkie day He...