A few days ago, we received an advance copy of this book on Margaret Tait:
The author, Dr Sarah Neely has visited us several times to consult the Margaret Tait collection and we are delighted to finally see the fruits of her labours in print.
Margaret Tait is known (when she is known) primarily for her films but her poetry is just as wonderful. Frank and funny, weird and wonderful, magical and matter of fact, her three collections of poetry, origins and elements, Subjects and Sequences and The Hen and the Bees, as well as some unpublished poems shall finally be available to be read by the audience they deserve
The sky has finally broken blue after a day of cutting winds and so here is an appropriate excerpt from Subjects and Sequences:
But in the land of the North there are no trees:
In the land of Pomona the apples don't grow.
In the Spring there is no blossom sweet as song
Nor song like honey in the perfumed night.
Instead, we have the flashing white
Seagull cutting the iridescent blue,
The crying blue of sea and sky, the white
Of flying clouds and birds. Oh, who
Would sip the honey in the dark and lose the light?
Thursday 26 April 2012
Saturday 21 April 2012
"The outstanding features of this monster were it's small head, long neck, massive hump, long sinuous back parts and the queer, rudder-like appendage, which one could describe, perhaps, as a fin and which projected from its lower side some distance from the tail."
Remind you of anything?
The Scotsman of the same date also pointed out that "the famous inhabitant of Loch Ness has not been seen for many months..."
Sadly, more sensible people stepped in at this point and Dr A. C. Stephen, Keeper of the Natural History Department of the Royal Scottish Museum said " I have examined the sketches and it seems to me, there is no doubt that the remains are those of a shark." (Orkney Blast, 6th February 1942) He suggested that the creature was a basking shark due to it's large size (25 to 28 feet).
Boo, how dull.
Friday 20 April 2012
We are on a list! Of libraries! Good libraries, who may earn a prize! Read all about it on our sister blog from Stromness library here, and then come back and join us as we dance about in celebration in the manner of Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air!
Join us, do!
Join us, do!
Friday 13 April 2012
With so much talk on the tv and in the newspapers about the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I wondered what the reaction was like in Orkney. The first report of the disaster appeared in the Orcadian on the 20th April 1912 on the front page. Quite small and unassuming in the bottom right hand corner.
By the following week the news had spread and the ministers from the churches aired their views from the pulpits.