Poetic Adventures in Scotland by Sally Evans
diehard, ISBN 978-0946230-96-7 (publication date 27 January 2014)
£7.00 Now available
Post Free (UK) from the author at Kings Bokshop 91-93 MainStreet, Callander FK17 8BQ Cheques must be made payable to Sally Evans. £7 per copy post free UK. You can ask for signed or inscribed copies. Outside UK postage must be paid or go for the e-book.
Sally Evans spills the beans on 30 years of life in the poetry community
in Scotland, linked with the stories of many of her published poems. An enlightening view of how poetry really works.
As well as a seasoned poet, Sally is a poetry editor and runs Kings Bookshop
Callander with her husband. This is her seventh poetry book. It is diehard’s
seventieth book. More info on Poetic Adventures Page left menu.
Published (nearly) simultaneously as an e-book by Firewater Press.
Dominique Carton is the gifted cover photographer. See Dominique Carton Photography.
StAnza comes along in March and on 7th March we have a Poetry Scotland Showcase reading, with Margaret Gillies Brown, Giuseppe Bartoli, Ian Blake and Nikki Magennis (introduced by Sally Evans).
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
Join me on facebook if you wish by clicking the facebook badge (top left.) If I dont know you add a wee message.
Here's Alistair Cook's Filmpoem of my poem about Flanders Moss
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 and more will follow. It is great to be able to gather poems from disparate sources into one convenient place. Please read some of my Poemhunter poems here (you are welcome to leave comments in the comment boxes too) while for magazines see this one!
For info about my various books, please see left menu, and for a quick look at pics of the books, see this album
while for a less than complete list of books (main page) and translations and pamphlets see
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.
I hope that one day, reader, 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 additional pages accessible from the Poetry Scotland website. Just skip over any booklists you stumble on, or read them for fun.
I have added a Visitors Book and I would be very glad to see old and new users sign there.
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.
*Rachel and Star in Poland on this week page
*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
Poetry Scotland now at Issue 62 Link to Colin Will's PS Website
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.
Women Makars and LaureatesPoetry Site Links (1) Byron's Bedroom
Portrait gallery: Women Makars of Scotland: Please scroll down
Broken Holmes and After see my blog
(to get one contact Sally see foot of page)
New Topics Blog attached to site: (enables blog feeds to facebook.)
-------Above, L-R Sheena Blackhall, Magi Gibson. Centre, Margaret Gillies Brown, all of whom by chance plan to be at Callander Poetry Weekend this year...
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
NEW: "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
desktopsallye is still entirely semi-colon free.You will also notice an absence of apostrophes in well known elided words, in cases where there is no ambiguity. I never had an its/it's problem, but if you still use its/it's, here is why youre a duffer if you cant do it:
a) his hers its. b) it's = it is every time, except when it's = it has.
Contact me: If you like it, hate it, want to make comments or suggestions, get hold of my books, enquire about the bookshop or just say hello, you can contact me as follows:
email: sally dot king4 at btinternet dot com
phone UK 1877 339449
sallyevanz on facebook, Twitter and Skype, and Sally Evans on poemhunter.com
Kings Bookshop, 91-93 Main Street, Callander Scotland FK17 8BQ
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