The most original, fantastic Christmas card I have received this year has been from my friend, Nancy Campbell which is in the form of a poem using Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic language, (a language facing extinction). With her permission, I quote it here for you:
Seven Words for Winter
ukiigatta last winter.
ukioq the winter; the whole year.
ukiukkut in winter; during the year.
ukiuuppaa the winter came upon her before she
reached home, or finished building her house.
ukiorippoq she has a good winter; it is a good winter.
ukiorpoq the winter has come.
ukiortaak the new year.
Nancy was writer in residence in Greenland last year and you can read a fascinating account on her blog. More about her poetry and artist books www.nancycampbell.co.uk/
Topics Poetry Dance Jazz
Stanza Assynt Poetry on the Lake Save our libraries Shetland Iona Sense of Place Loose Tongues Norman MacCaig Festival St Kilda Makkin wi Wirds Strokestown Poetry Festival Venice Artists' Books Assynt Sense of Place Dance Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz course Merchant City Festival The 100 Poets Gathering
This year I took few photos of St Andrew's itself as taken so many in previous years. (See link below, for photos of St A ). But ...
Liz Lochhead, John Sampson, John Glenday, Stephanie Green and Ryan Van Winkle An amazing three days of events ha...
Congratulations to Gillian Clarke, who has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Long overdue. Selected by a committee reco...
On the Alchmelvich road from Lochinver. * What a nice bit of serendipity. As you know, Norman MacCaig wrote lots and lots of frog poems, ...
Public Libraries. Ahh. Saturday mornings, when our Dad took us down to change our books - and we always came away laden with the full quota...
After the highs of StAnza, some low news (low as in the Glasgow Metro/Subway/Underground). I learned today that my poem 'Wee Nippy Swee...
It was a tremendous festival, a privilege and terrific opportunity to read with Big Names and meet fellow short-listed poets in such a frie...
Jen Hadfield 'makkin' at the St Magnus Hotel, Hillswick. This is the second year running I have attended 'Makkin wi Wirds'...