**If you have been referred here from Kings Bookshop Callander's facebook page, this is because fb insisted on us giving out a website address. There are and/or will be some Bookshop pages on this site (see left menu) but Kings Bookshop likes to sell to customers in person, so you can fully see the condition of the books you buy. This site is mainly about Sally's poetry.
Poetry is one of the Bookshops' main interests, the others being Scottish books, history and our fine bindings produced in house. Our apologies if you feel you've been side-tracked.
above: Some of the poets visiting Corbenic on the Friday of Callander Poetry Weekend 2016: Ron Williams, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Andy Allan
below: Installation at Corbenic Poetry Path, Trochry near Dunkeld -- just a few miles uphill from the Wade bridge pictured top of page. A line from The Honey Seller.
*The Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize: an international Poetry Competition with Englsih Language and Scots Language sections, judged by Sally Evans, closingdate 7 January 2017. see full details: Robert Tannahill Poetry Prize
More going on: Keep Poems Alive International, favourite poems from English language poets world wide http://keeppoemsalive.com/
The Poetry Scotland daily
a daily online paper
a mix of poetry, news and fun
The Grecian Urn, from Bucharest University, is in English with Romanian translations and there is a new edition of the same work with Spanish translations
and here's a lovely anthology of poems about jewellery, containing two of mine alongside Graves, Keats, Shakespeare, and many contemporary and well known poets, you name them. A lovely gift to yourself or someone else
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Here's Alistair Cook's Filmpoem of my poem about Flanders Moss
This was the cover of a short internet feature of Pamela North's photrographs with a few of my poems/No longer online.
Click here for New Linear Perspectvies interview with me and Andrew F Giles, November 2011, in which I talk about Poetry Scotland, The Bees and the bookshop.
Earlier An interview with Sally by Ryan Van Winkle, May 2010. Mostly about Poetry Scotland, and also the Callander Poetry Weekend which takes place each September. The Poetry Weekend has a page of its own on this site.
New: Many of my earlier published poems are now posted on the Poemhunter website. Please read some of my Poemhunter poems here
and see some of my poetry reviews in the Stirling Observer on this page.
we've got something for you
Hear me sing!
Light pillar photo Pat Morrissey
no prentice pillar
in cool interior
plain smooth stone
the artist sun
and new stained glass
mind their history
dearth of images
among these colours
flowers on a table
we walk round
Stirling parish church
all their trammels
of power and art
stone more than words
glass and sunlight,
slabs and weather
in an instant
around a curve.
Kings Bookshop Callander
I hope that one day you will come to Callander, Scotland and visit our lovely bookshop.
Our subjects include Scottish, poetry, literature, philosophy, history, Latin, Greek, natural history and gardening and that wonderful category RANDOM.
You can be sure of excellent condition and exact descriptions of any books I offer for sale.
All friends will be able to use the site exactly as before, for its poems and news, bees and gardens, its personal element and some pages about Poetry Scotland and the Callander Poetry Weekend. Just skip over any booklists you stumble on, or read them for fun.
the start of a new collection of fascinating bee data
The decade's turn was marked by prolonged white-out, see Lake of Menteith above, and see the Curling episode on *start here blog.* Other things that happened a long time ago, in 2009, see below
*Viewing Tower, Flanders Moss: two great pictures to start the new diehard poetry news page
*Welsh, Gaelic and poetry in Snowdonia: SNAP to the Guardian (I blogged this 30 Nov, they blogged same pic with a poetry item 1 Dec.) see start here blog.
*Gatehouse of Fleet & poem for Adrian Mitchell
*Liverpool trip: this week page *Deer ticks: garden page
*Callander Poetry Weekend 09 Gallery and account left menu
*Which science fiction writer made Loch Katrine disappear?
*start here* blog
Let's go pick blaeberries,
strong, dark, sweet blaeberries
that lie in lairs
as though they know
the country's dangerous.
They hide dark wine-blue hue
among mild red-green leaves
on slopes that stalk the sun.
Let's stay an hour or so,
pretend we live like this
this fruit we breakfast on,
freeze down, consume as pies,
juice thickened by heat,
sweetened with honey. High
on high braes in July,
Let's go pick blaeberries
Let's go seek, let's go early.
Let's go pick blaeberries
Beth Junor took this pic of our favourite Trossachs dining room and stopping off point. Ben A'an behind. Has to be a favourite pic. It's not even so much the photography as the place feeling like part of our living space. The Blaeberries poem appeared in The Great North Road.
Callander Poetry Weekend 2009 -- now with its own page see left menu.
Hi Sally - couldnt resist a peek at Byron's bedroom, which inspired the following:
We love our fallen Lucifers..
Lord Byron, Errol Flynn
With their fires forever burning
And their morals in the bin
They're so like an Xmas pudding
With the sixpences stuffed in
They're rich and mad and bad for us,
There's nought so sweet as sin!
Sheena Blackhall , Boxing Day
"The apostrophe is disappearing and will disappear altogether by the end of the century," said Dr Treharne. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1055772.stm
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