Poetry

Peace – Land

Reflection - remembrance - response A hundred winters have passed since the internment of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow. Agreement over the fate of the Fleet would ultimately never be reached, forestalled by the dramatic acts of its officers and crew in June 1919. These verses reflect upon time spent waiting for [...]Read more of Peace – Land...

The Tern

The Tern, Gabrielle Barnby, Julia McGhee, National Theatre Scotland, One Day to Play, poetry, dance, birds, tern.
One Day to Play For one day National Theatre Scotland teamed up with the Orkney Folk Festival to bring together different artists and give them a chance to work together. It was a privilege to be partnered with dance artist Julia McGhee (twitter @McGheeJulia) who transformed my words into movement and gave a brilliant performance [...]Read more of The Tern...

Key

Key Hush little baby, A hundred times, Serenade to the ocean of sleep mother and the deep. The hat’s on the sun Shining loud as church bells Skipping street-free In bright season of green. Curse the comparison Of public choir And sweet-voiced solos That pops private bubbles of bliss. A voice the size of a […]

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The Book of Blood, Vicki Feaver

The Book of Blood Vicki Feaver This collection of poems draws the reader ever inwards. Fever’s dexterity at handling topics and mood, and her skill in creating voices that are nuanced and truthful is enviable and inspiring. The style is unpretentious and accessible, not one over-burdened with references or obscured by technique. The reader explores […]

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The Nations Favourite Poems of Remembrance

The Nation’s Favourite Poems of Remembrance Foreword by Michael Rosen This collection of poems is a rich source for anyone seeking to reflect and remember times past and the dead. From D.H. Lawrence’s tender memory of his mother in Piano to the bleak, A Refusal to Mourn the Death by Fire of a Child in […]

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