Category Archives: Poetry

Tender is the North by Sheila Templeton

Sheila Templeton is one of my favourite contemporary Scottish poets. She comes originally from Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Sheila always claims she had a nomadic childhood,travelling from Aberdeenshire to Dar-es-Salaam. She was educated at  Aberdeen Academy followed by a degree in History at Aberdeen University.  This led to a thirty year career in secondary teaching followed, based in West …

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The gleaming clouds by Murray Alfredson

Murray Alfredson is an Australian writer and poet who lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula by Gulf St Vincent in South Australia. He is a former librarian, lecturer in librarianship and Buddhist Associate in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Flinders University. He has previously published essays on Buddhist meditation and on inter-faith relations in Theravada, The middle way, In …

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The Nation’s Favourite Poems Book I (forward by Griff Rhys Jones)

The Nation’s Favourite Poems Book I was the surprise choice for our book group recently.  Some of the group were cross because they felt poetry was not a suitable choice for the group.  However, I enjoyed the book.  It contains an eclectic collection of poems.  It resulted from a nationwide poll to discover Britain’s favourite poem. If… …

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From A to B by Gerry McGrath

I know Gerry McGrath personally.  He lives in the village but grew up in Helensburgh, Scotland.  He graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow and taught for some years.  More recently, he moved to the south west of the country to concentrate on his poetry.  He is a stimulating poet. Gerry McGrath is also a poet concerned …

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The British Museum Indian Love Poetry by A L Dallapiccola

A. L. Dallapiccola  is the author of “Hindu Visions of the Sacred and Hindu Myths” as well as “A Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend”.  In this book  “The British Museum Indian Love Poetry” she has collated a beautiful  selection of beautiful Indian love poetry, richly illustrated with vivid paintings from magnificent collections.  I have admitted …

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Holding poems by Maggie Rabatski

Maggie Rabatski is a truly gifted poet.  She has been nominated for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 2011 Book Awards for her first anthology ‘Down from the Dance’ (“an Deidh an Dannsa”).  There are many elements that go to make Maggie’s rich and diverse poetry.  She hales from the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of …

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