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Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall (1947, in Aiberdeen) is a Nor' Aest scriever, illustrator, tradeetional ballant sangster an shenachie. Ootthrou 19982003 she wis Creative Writing Fellow at Aiberdeen Varsity's Elphinstone Institute.

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sheena Blackhall is a screiver, illustrator, tradeetional ballant singer an shennachie in Nor East Scotland. Frae 1998 tae 2003 she wis Creative Screivin Fellow in Scots at Aiberdeen Vairsity’s Elphinstone Institute an eenoo is an Honorar Research Associate yonner. In 2009 she becam Makar (poet laureate) fur Aiberdeen an the Nor East. Twa o her plays fur bairns wis televised, The Nicht Bus and The Broken Hert. Alang wi Les Wheeler, she co-edits the Doric wabsteid "Elphinstone Kist", an has wirked on the Aiberdeen Reading Bus as a shennachie an screiver.

In 2003 she traivelled as pairt o a boorich tae Washington, showcasin Scotlan's culture as a guest o the Smithsonian Institution. In 2007 she wis Creative Screivin Tutor at the Institute o Irish an Scottish lear at King's College, an twa years eftir wis Screiver in Residence durin Aiberdeen Vairsity’s Wird Festival.

Airly years an study[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sheena Blackhall wis born Sheena Booth Middleton in 1947 in Aiberdeen, dother o the manager o Strachan's Deeside Omnibus Service, Chae Middleton, an his secunt cousin, fairmer's dother Winifred Booth. She wis educatit in Aiberdeen, bit simmered in Ballater fur mony years.

Aifter a year's study at Gray's Schule o Art, Blackhall vrocht fur a while as a speecial needs teacher, whaun she screived tales fur BBC Radio Scotlan’s producer Frieda Morrison. In 1994 she won a Bsc (Hons. Psych) frae the Open University, gaun on tae get an M.Litt wi Distinction frae Aiberdeen Vairsity in 2000.

Awairds[eedit | eedit soorce]

In April 2009 she wis creatit Makar for Aberdeen and the Nor East o Scotland. She ias won the Robert McLellan tassie fur best Scots short story 3 times (1989,1990,2001) an the Hugh MacDiarmid trophy fur best Scots poem 4 times (1990,2000,2001,2010). In 1992 she shared the Sloane Award wi Matthew Fitt, frae St. Andrew's Vairsity. Ither prizes are awards frae the Doric Festival, the Bennachie Baillies, an frae the TMSA fur ballant screivin an traditional singin. She his twice bin shortlisted fur the Callum Macdonald Poetry Pamphlet prize (2005 & 2009). In 2007, Lallans Magazine awarded her the William Gilchrist Graham prize fur best Scots short story. She has likewyse bin shortlistit fur the McCash poetry prize. In 2013 she won 1st prize in Bipolar Scotland's Short Story Competition, in 2014 she becam a Patron o Readin.

Blackhall is also an Honorary Fellow o the Wird Centre for Creative Screivin at Aiberdeen University. In 2018 she wis gien the award o Batchelor o the University bi Aiberdeen University. In 2019 she wis presentit wi the Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award for her wark in Scots. In Novemmer 2019, she wis made Nor East Makar fur three years, bi the Doric Boord. In 2020 Blackhall becam an Honorary Officer o Merit  o the Confraternity o the Knights o the Maist Haly Trinity (Priory o Scotland) . She wis tae be awardit the Eagle o Honour medal, tae be presentit bi the Knights efter the corona virus pandemic wis ower.

Warks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Poems[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 1984: The Cyard's Kist (Poems); Rainbow Publishing.
  • 1986: The Spik o the Lan (Poems); Rainbow Publishing.
  • 1987: Hamedrauchtit (Poems); Rainbow Publishing.
  • 1989: Nor East Neuk (Poems); Charles Murray Trust.
  • 1989: Fite Doo/ Black Crow (Poems); Keith Murray Publications, ISBN 1 870978 20X.
  • 1991: A Toosht o Whigmaleeries (Poems); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1993: Back o Bennachie (Poems); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1994: Druids, Drachts, Drochles (Poems); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1995: Stagwyse (Selected Poems); Charles Murray Trust, ISBN 0952 1142 59.
  • 1996: Lament fur the Raj (Poems); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 0952 655403.
  • 1997: The Life Bluid o Cromar (Poems); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1997: Gliong Gliong, screived unner name o Sine NicThearlaich (Poems in Gaelic); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1999: Millennium Blues (Poems); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1999: The Heilanman's Sporran (Poems); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 095-2655-43-8.
  • 1999: Death, Demons, Perfume and Pearls (Poems); Limousine Bull.
  • 2000: The Twa B's (Poems); Shopmobility.
  • 2000: The Telepathic Butcher's Boy (Poems); SPA.
  • 2000: The Singing Bird (Poems); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 0952655446.
  • 2000: Dancing with Maenads (Poems); Keith Murray Publishing.
  • 2000: Skin Balaclavas, jintly wi John Easton (Poems); Finavon Print and Design, ISBN 0-9528813-7-3.
  • 2001: Spik nae Evil, jintly wi Les Wheeler (Bairn poems); Gordon Booth Publications, ISBN 095265545 4.
  • 2001: Bringing up the Tail, jintly wi John Easton (Poems); Finavon Print and Design, ISBN 0 9541689 0 9.
  • 2002: A Boorich o Breets (Poems); Severin Books.
  • 2003: A Boorich o Fowk (Poems); Severin Books.
  • 2003: Queerieorrals (Poems); Severin Books.
  • 2003: Winnlestrae: Cradlit, Coortit, Waddit, Kistit (Poems); Severin Books.
  • 2004: The Dule Tree (Poems); Finavon Print & Design, ISBN 0-9541689-8.
  • 2004: Diminishing Lines (Poems); Ltd Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: Preparing to meet the Minotaur (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: The Wizard o the North; Poems for Halflins; Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: Katy the Crocodile; Poems for Littlins; Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: The Toad on the Rock's Opinion (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: The Lan o Tea an Tigers (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: The Boddamer's Monkey (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: The Humpty Dumpty Man (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: Pandora's Box (Poems); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: Gallery Prints, jintly wi Les Wheeler (Poems); Lochlands, Maud, Aiberdeenshire.
  • 2004: Hairst o Thorns (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2004: Serendipity (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2005: The Win an the Rain (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2005: Death of a Pope (Poems); Varsity o Aiberdeen.
  • 2005: Sergeant Buchan’s Jacket (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2005: Ferlies (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2006: The Tiger o Trincomalee (Bairn Poems); Aberdeen: Malfranteaux Concepts (Keith Murray).
  • 2006: The Owl Hour (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2006: Past Masters (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2006: The Sea Quine (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2006: The Heavenly Cow of Thebes (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2006: The Likeable Ordeal (Poems); Severin Books.
  • 2007: On Brigid's Day (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2007: The Pierrot's Narrative (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2007: Absences (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2008: The Hoose o the Cacklefart Hen (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2008: Dead Men's Whispers (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2008: Hinkum-Clinkum (Bairn Rhymes); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2008: The Wind's Nest (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2009: Cats in a Gale (Bairn Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2009: Peacock (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2010: The Skreich (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2010: Tick-Tock (Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2010: The Storm Nursery (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-77-4.
  • 2010: The Mink (Bairn Poems); Lochlands.
  • 2010: Moon Cakes & Hinney (Poems); Malfranteax Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-81-1.
  • 2010: Wittins (Poems); Callander: diehard publishers, ISBN 978-0946230-82-2.
  • 2011: Hen Utopia (Scots Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 10 1 [1].
  • 2011: Crannog Woman (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-972.
  • 2011: Mr Pavlova's Comb-Over (Bairn Rhymes): Reading Bus Press, ISBN 978-0-9564837-7-5 (& e-book).
  • 2011: Bluid-Kin (Poems): Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-19-4.
  • 2012: Impossible Gifties: Poems in Scots & English; Severin Publishing (Pamphlet No. 88).
  • 2012: Cleaning the Apostle Spoons (Poems); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 59 0.
  • 2012: The Merry Dancers, jintly wi Tam Hubbard, Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 1 870 978 22 4.
  • 2013: The Aye-Aye: Poems in Scots and English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: The Mongolian Spot: Poems in Scots and English (100th poetry pamphlet), Lochlands.
  • 2014: Biting Dust: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: The Space Between: New & Selected Poems; Aiberdeen University Press, ISBN 978-1-85752-005-7.
  • 2014: The Gargoyle Man: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: Sparrows' Footsteps: Poems from a Trip to the Past; Lochlands.
  • 2014: Mr Charon’s Ferry: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015: The Poetry Hat: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015: Piano Lesson: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2016: The Witnessing: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2016: Around the World in Terza Rima: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2016: Death of a Tadpole Poems in Scots & English (poetry pamphlet 118); Lochlands.
  • 2016: Crossing the Bridge (poetry pamphlet 119); Lochlands.
  • 2016: The Seely Howe (poetry pamphlet 120); Lochlands.
  • 2016: Cleikum (poetry pamphlet 121); Lochlands.
  • 2017: The Sanctuary Knocker: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2017: Win-blawn: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts (Keith Murray).
  • 2017: The Gype: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2018: Poeta est in Silva: Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2018: Saying the Unsayable: Poems in Scots and English; Equinox Publishing.
  • 2018: Sizzons: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2018: Number 6: Poems in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-9164544-0-8.
  • 2018: The Incubus: Poems in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Death Matters: Poems in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Ten Ballads: commissioned an furthsett bi the Elphinstone Institute, Varsity o Aiberdeen.
  • 2019: The Black Sky Blowing: Poems in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Green Man Rising: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: A Scottish Pilgrimage: Poem in Scots (pamphlet 143), wi 30 cartoons; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Winter Wreath: Poems in Scots & English; Equinox Publishing.
  • 2019: The Undertaker Bees: Poems in Scots & English (pamphlet 147); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: The Gas Mask in the Glory Hole: Poems in Scots & English (pamphlet 148); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2020: Not my Circus, Not my Monkey: work in Scots & English jointly with Dr Tom Hubbard, Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2020: Henry VIII's Perks: Poems in Scots & English (pamphlet 150); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2020: The Prophet Hen of Leeds (151) Poems Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Arrival of Thoughts: (152) Poems pub by Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Love Jam of Nostradamus (156) Poems pub by Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: Into the Blue (153) Poems pub by Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Rabbit Man: (154) Poems pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Plumber's Widow (155) Poems pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020 The Love Jam of Nostradamus 156 pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The TV's 10th Birthday 157th Pamphlet pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Thunderbolt Carline 158th Pamphlet pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Mannequin 159th Pamphlet pub Malfranteaux Concepts
  • 2020: The Little Book of Issues 160th Pamphlet pub. Malfranteaux Concepts

Stories[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 1989: Nippick o Nor East Tales (Short stories); Keith Murray Publications, ISBN 1 870978 099.
  • 1991: Reets (Short stories); Keith Murray Publications, ISBN 870978 331.
  • 1992: A Hint o Granite (Short stories); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1993: Braeheid. A Fairm an its Fowk (Short stories); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1995: A Kenspeckle Creel (Short stories); Hammerfield Publishing.
  • 1996: Wittgenstein's Web (Short stories); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 09526554 11.
  • 1998: The Bonsai Grower (Short stories); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 095-2655-42-X.
  • 2002: The Fower Quarters (Short Stories); GKB Enterprises, ISBN 095 2655446 2.
  • 2004: Indian Peter (Bairn Tales); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2004: Pie in the Sky (Short Stories); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2009: Victor Vratch the Craa (Bairn Stories); Lochlands.
  • 2010: Isle o the Deid (Short Story Collection); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-63-7.
  • 2011: The Chimaera Institute: Short Stories; Lochlands.
  • 2012: The Chimaera Institute (Urban legends); Epub: smashwords.com.[2]
  • 2012: The Honey that Came from the Sea (short stories); Epub: smashwords.com.[3]
  • 2013: Aberdeenshire Folk Tales, jintly wi Grace Banks (Fowk tales); The History Press, ISBN 9780752497587.
  • 2014: Jessie the Jumbo: 27 Bairn Tales in Scots; Epub: smashwords.com.[4]
  • 2014: Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends, jintly wi Grace Banks (Urban legends); The History Press, ISBN 978 0 7509 5622 2.
  • 2016: Cheerybye Eden (Tales); Lochlands.

Novellas[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 2003: Loon (Scots novella); Black and White/ Itchy Coo, ISBN 1-902927-72-9.
  • 2004: Minnie (Scots novella); SLRC, ISBN 1 899920 03X.
  • 2007: The Quarry (Novella); Lochlands.
  • 2008: The Gods of Grayfriars Lane (Novella); Lochlands.
  • 2019: The Gods o Grayfriar's Lane, eeditit for e-book bi Paul J. Donald; Epub: smashwords.com.[5]

Bairn’s fiction[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 2010: The Bairn Books: Millie, wi illustrations bi Bob Dewar (Fiction); Reading Bus Press, ISBN 978-0-9564837-4-4
  • 2011: The Bairn Books: Apardion, A Leopard’s Quest, wi illustrations bi Julia Lacombe (Fiction); Reading Bus Press, ISBN 978-0-9564837-8-2 (wabsteid and app: http://www.apardion.com/).

Owersettins[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 2004: The Tower o Babel (Owersettins); Ltd. Ed., Thistle Repro.
  • 2015: Scottish Spleen: Baudelaire in Scots (Contreebution tae multi-authort anthology o owersetts o warks bi Charles Baudelaire); Tapsalteerie, www.tapsalteerie.co.uk, ISBN 9780-9926631-3-1.
  • 2015: The Doric Gruffalo, owersett o the classic bairn's buik, The Gruffalo, bi Julia Donaldson; Black and White/ Itchy Coo, ISBN 9781785300042.
  • 2016: The Doric Gruffalo’s Bairn, owersett o The Grufallo's Child bi Julia Donaldson; Black and White/ Itchy Coo, ISBN 978-1-78530-039-1.
  • 2018: Jean Eyre, jintly wi Doric makar Sheena Templeton, owersett intae Nor-East Scots o the classic novel, Jane Eyre, bi Charlotte Brontë; Dundee: Evertype, ISBN 978-1-78201-215-3.
  • 2018: Fey Case o Dr Jekyll an Mr Hyde, owersettin o the classic novel, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, bi Robert Louis Stevenson; Dundee: Evertype, ISBN 978-1-78201-226-9.
  • 2018: The Winnerfu Warlock o Oz, owersett o the classic bairn's buik, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, bi L. Frank Baum; Dundee: Evertype; ISBN 978-1-78201-218-5.
  • 2018: O Mice & Men; owersett intae Nor-East Scots o the classic novel, Of Mice and Men, bi John Steinbeck, Dundee: Evertype, ISBN-13 978-1-78201-229-0.
  • 2020: The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Scots, bi (author) Martin Waddell; eeditit bi James Robertson an Matthew Fitt; introduction bi Julia Donaldson; illustrations bi Emma Chichester Clark. ISBN 978-1-78530-313-5 2020. The Little Mermaid, owerset bi Blackall, is the utmaist story.

Twa or mair mediums[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 2006: Dragon Rikk: Poems & Tales for Halflins an Littlins; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2007: The Dragon's Vertebrae (Poems & Tales); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2008: Waking in Wolf Light: (Poems & Stories); Lochlands.
  • 2008: The Red Horseman: (Poems & Play); Lochlands.
  • 2008: Metamorphosis 62: (Poems & Prose); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2009: Figurehead (Poems & Prose); Lochlands.
  • 2009: Danse Macabre: Writings Round a Festival (Poems & Sangs); Lochlands.
  • 2009: The Barley Queen (Poems & Prose); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2009: A Visit to Planet Auschwitz (Poems & Prose); Lochlands.
  • 2009: The Ship of Fools (Poems & Story); Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2010: The Caledonian Anaconda (Poems & Tales); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-870978-83-5.
  • 2011: The Berserker (Poems & Stories); Lochlands.
  • 2011: Census Matters (Poems & Stories); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978-1-87098-83-5.
  • 2012: Thorgunna’s Curse: Poems & Stories; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 26 2.
  • 2012: Matzevot: A Walk on the Face of Gravestones (Poems, etc); Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 19 4.
  • 2012: Peach Blossom Petals: Folk Tales & Poems from Vietnam; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 90 3.
  • 2012: Three Cats Flying: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 32 3.
  • 2012: Steens: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 22 4.
  • 2012: A Nest of Tongues: Poems and Story, Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts, ISBN 978 1 870978 91 0.
  • 2013: In Faldy's Wood: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2013: Walking in Blake's Garden: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2013: Grey Matters: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2013: Goosebumps for Beginners: Poems & Prose in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2013: Shards: Poems & Tales in Scots an English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: The Housewife's Dream: Poems & Tales in Scots and English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: Pirrins and Magnus: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: Hare's Foot: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2014: An Inside Job: Poems & Tale in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015: The Wound Man: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015: The Cloud Collector: Poems & Tale in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015 Flashback: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.[6]
  • 2015: The Evil that Men Do: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2015: The Speerit Hoose: Scots & English Poems & Plays; Lochlands.
  • 2016: Flat Out: Poems, Tales an Owersetts in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2017: Dimitri Keaw: Poems & Tales in Scots & English (pamphlet 122); Lochlands.
  • 2017: Thursdays: Poems & Playlet in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2017: Comings & Goings: Tales & Poems in Scots & English; Lochlands.
  • 2018: A Sharp Key; Lochlands.
  • 2018: Knight, Death & the Devil; Lochlands.
  • 2019: Forehooied: Poems & Tales in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Neeps an Sheeps: Poems & Tales in Scots and English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: From Gweedore to Skibbereen: Poems, Tales, Owersetts, jintly wi Dr Tom Hubbard; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: Goodbye to a Soul: Poems & Tales in Scots & English; Malfranteux Concepts, Aiberdeen (pamphlet 144).
  • 2019: Why Give Nuts to a Man with No Teeth?: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: The Gas Mask in the Glory Hole: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2019: The Undertaker Bees: Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2020: Not My Circus, Not my Monkey: jointly, with Dr Tom Hubbard work in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.
  • 2020: Henry VIII's Perks:Pamphlet 151 Poems in Scots & English; Malfranteaux Concepts.

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