Author: Elizabeth

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer


Poetry seems to have taken a back seat lately while I have been building the Lúcháir web-site and dealing with some complicated family shenanigans. But I have been reading more – Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Kathleen Jamie, Christine de Luca, and getting into Macdiarmid. A bit of a theme going on here – land, language,…
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March 12, 2010 1

New Poets

Remember back in November I said Nobody any good is allowed to bring out a book until the start of the next financial year!. Well, a lot of good that did me. Fortunately I’ve had a birthday, and people who know me know enough to give me book tokens, so in spite of Lynn Moir’s…
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February 18, 2010 0

A Poetry Conversation

Yesterday I went to Glasgow to hear Iain Anderson in conversation with Alan Riach and Norman Bissell about the poetry of Scotland.This was a pretty good event even before it started because it gave me a chance to meet up with friends I met at the Atlantic Islands Festival on Luing last year, and there…
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January 27, 2010 4

Eavan Boland

O swan by swan my heart goes downThrough Dublin town, through Dublin town from Liffeytown I salvaged Eavan Boland’s New Collected Poems from the wreck of Borders just before Christmas and started to read it last night.heart-stopping.heart breaking.I don’t know if I’m in love or in despair.How could I ever write anything as good?

January 14, 2010 3

Kirsty Mordaunt

There’s a new link at the side to the site of a very promising young illustrator. She is a friend of Nomi at terragrith, who designed my web-site for me, and I first became aware of her work when she did a design for Eurydice Rising. Now she is working on a series of illustrations…
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January 6, 2010 0

Happy Christmas Everyone

The alchemy of myth-the stars and angels, the earth’sreturn to light, green ivy,the quickening sap in the tree’sdeep heart, the cattlekneeling in frosty fields,the robin’s song at midnight –all refined to the bare particularfact of a birth –that night, that inn, that boy. Peace and happiness to everyone who is celebrating the winter feasts.

December 24, 2009 2

death of a bookshop

I was in Glasgow yesterday, and couldn’t resist going into Borders for the last time. I got two poetry books I’d wanted for ages for half price, and I guess Eavan Boland and Gillian Clarke will get the good of it no matter what the circumstances, but boy, it was sad. The top floor was…
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December 16, 2009 5

Scottish Pamphlet Poetry

Last night Scottish Pamphlet Poetry organised a pamphlet fair, to which I was invited by Mary Thomson, who produces the most beautiful small books of illustrated poems – she doesn’t have a web-site, so I can’t post a link. I was feeling fairly discouraged when I arrived. The night was wet and cold, the library…
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December 10, 2009 1

More of the same, more of the same

Still busy with family. I went to see my mother in Liverpool, also catching up with my sister and two of my brothers. Good fun, and I slept so much while travelling I feel like a new person. It doesn’t mean there is much writing going on, however. I have been Christmassed – you know…
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December 1, 2009 2

The Creative Process

Here is a link to an article by Alan Jamieson on the process of writing. It is thoughtful, coherent demanding, encouraging, illuminating.Enjoy!

November 24, 2009 2