Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Songs the Lightning Sang Geoff Cooper; Folklore Tim Atkins

Sometimes you read good poetry that is familiar, that reads like the sort of poem you would write yourself if you were good enough, the sort of poem you want to write when you grow up. And sometimes you come across good poetry of a sort you never even thought of, and that you wouldn’t…
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July 20, 2010 1

"Good morning" Charlie Gracie

I haven’t had time for a proper look at this book, which I got at the Stirling Writers’ Big Event last week, but you will be able to see one of Charlie’s poems (my favourite, actually)Clyde valley Walkway, late April, with my Father here in July. This month features Chris Powici, who was tutor of…
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June 15, 2010 0

the process of poem

Two helpful comments from poets on the process of poem:At a recent meeting of SCoP (the Stirling Centre of Poetry)Kathleen Jamie said, “The hardest thing to teach students is that you have to let the shit fall onto the page”.true, all too true. We have a tendency to censor what we are writing as we…
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June 1, 2010 5

The Creative Process

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking at blogs of quilters, embroiderers, dyers, weavers and all sorts of other people who craft with fabric and thread. I used to embroider myself at one time (and knit, and make clothes, too for that matter) and at times I get the delusion that I still could,…
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May 20, 2010 2

Red Squirrel poets

You can read Colin Will’s take on the launch of his The Floorshow at the Mad Yak Café and Eleanor Livingstone’s Even the Sea at Colin’s blog.I set one of my Orpheus poems at the Callander poetry festival, and it begins:Poetry–startswhen Colin strikes the small Tibetan bowl.The warmed and singing bronze awakes a humming clarity…
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May 7, 2010 1

James Kirkup Memorial Competition

Here is the picture (copied from the Red Squirrel web-site) of the winners of the James Kirkup Memorial Competition last Friday. Sheila Wakefield, the publisher of Red Squirrel Press (who were organising the competition) is on my right, and you can just see the top of the head of Richie McCaffery, from Stirling Writers, behind…
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April 27, 2010 0

John Burnside The Hunt in the Forest

I have had this book almost a month now, and though I read it the very same day I got it, here I am only just posting about it. I am very fond of Burnside’s poetry, ever since I read The Myth of the Twin. I was gob-smacked when I heard him read from Four…
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April 16, 2010 0

web-site updated

I have just finished refreshing the main web-site, so please take a look if you have time. Later this week I will be writing a bit more about St Andrews, and including a review of John Burnside’s new book, which was so very hot off the press it was practically smoking.

March 30, 2010 1


Apart from the monumental reading by Seamus Heaney which I wrote about last time,the most interesting thing was a lecture by Grevel Lindop entitled Myth Magic and the Future of Poetry.. Grevel has since posted the full text, on his web-sitehereso I won’t even try to summarise it, but it was excellent, well-written, well delivered,…
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March 26, 2010 2


I had only one day at StAnza this year – but even that’s an improvement. In the past, although I knew it was coming up, it always took me by surprise until it was too late. This year, however, I had the Thursday, because it was Seamus Heaney day. I did go to other things…
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March 23, 2010 1