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Postcairds Fae Woodwick Mill: Orkney Poems in Scots by WILLIAM HERSHAW


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'Postcairds Fae Woodwick Mill: Orkney Poems in Scots William Hershaw is one of Scotland’s most impressive contemporary poets. The English teacher from Lochgelly, Fife, will enhance his reputation

with this collection, set in Orkney, home to the late George Mackay Brown. The younger poet salutes the older in the masterly ‘Seivin Verses for GMB.’ Hershaw’s voice is always thoughtful, questing, humane, whether offering a ballad of martyred lovers; brief, potent, thoughts on religious doubt; or a tender tribute to his two sons. He uses the Scots language with conviction. “Dinnae be feart,” he advises his readers. To aid comprehension, there’s a glossary for each poem.'

Lesley Duncan Poetry Editor, Herald


'In this collection, Hershaw stravaigs across a range of topics from ghosts, dreams and the supernatural; myth and legend; God faith and doubt; class and political ideals; nature; philosophy; science; time and change; loss and love. Throughout this personal journey across the pages is the strong sense of thoughtful shrewdness without any cynicism and without the loss of hope.'

Review by  Irene Brown - Posted on 15 June 2015 EdinburghGuide » Edinburgh News 

 About the AUTHOR:

WILLIAM HERSHAW William Hershaw is a poet, musician and songwriter. He is Principal Teacher of English at Beath High School, Cowdenbeath. His works in Scots and English include Fower Brigs Tae A Kinrik published by Aberdeen University Press and The Cowdenbeath Man published by the Scottish Cultural Press. He has also written two textbooks on the teaching of Scots Language in the Secondary school published by Learning Teaching Scotland. He wrote A Mass In Scots For Saint Andrae’s Day. In 2005 he won the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award and in 2011 he was awarded the McCash Prize for Scots Poetry by Glasgow University/The Herald. In 2007 he collaborated with sculptor David Annand, writing the poem God The Miner which is inscribed on the statue The Prop as part of the Lochgelly Regeneration Project. Recently he has co - edited the Literary Magazine Fras and published HappyLand, a selection of new poems with an CD of readings and music. In November 2012 Cage Load Of Men - The Joe Corrie Project by The Bowhill Players was released. Funded by Fife Council, Willie Hershaw has written the musical settings for the poems of the legendary Fife poet and playwright. Tammy Norrie published by Gracenote Publications in 2014 is his first novel.


ILLUSTRATED by  Brenda McCluskey


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