November 22, 2021 · 8:29 am
It’s very nearly Advent and I am happy to link hands with many of my author friends in a special bookshop for this festive season!
There are lots of festive treats
and to browse.
Why don’t you click on the link above and check it out?
YES, THERE ARE PRIZES AND GAMES TOO!
Do take a look. I’m working though reading works by the authors included in the ‘shop’ because, as you know’, I really like to promote books I’ve read and enjoyed.
September 17, 2019 · 7:06 pm
Friends from down south come to visit us in Fife, or travel with us further north or west, but we often hear the phrase ‘We don’t come to Scotland for the weather.’ We get phone calls invariably asking, ‘what’s the weather like?’ We can almost hear the disappointment or lack of belief when we say ‘Oh, it’s a lovely afternoon,’ or ‘it’s sunny here today,’ or ‘it’s a beautiful evening.’
I cannot quote a poem by Pauline Prior-Pitt for copyright reasons but I’ve written one of my own, inspired by reading her lovely book of poems ‘be an angel.’
Do You Remember the sun my friend
White sandy beaches stretching far, as froth tipped rollers race.
Layers of blue, purple, green ~
out to the misty beyond.
Sun kissed onyx rocks, blackness gleaming after rain.
framing mountain peaks,
dispersing wisps of cloud.
The stillness in that sheltered place where all our being glows with warmth.
Do you remember the wind and rain my friend
or do you remember the sun.
September 11, 2019 · 12:07 pm
Having just returned from a memorable trip to the Outer Hebrides ~ the island of Barra via Oban, then on to South Uist and back from Lochboisdale to Mallaig ~ I am excited to share with you Pauline Prior – Pitt.
I bought ‘be an angel’ in the new Kildonan Centre. This is an interesting and thoughtfully displayed museum, where you could while away a morning reading the detailed boards alongside displays of artifacts and memorabilia. There’s a coffee shop for fresh lunches, soup, cakes, scones or just tea or coffee and also a local arts and crafts shop, where I bought ‘be an angel’.
I leafed through a couple of poems in the shop and was struck immediately by the notions ‘Pauline knows me personally! How did she know that? She has an amazing ability to describe, word for word, what goes on in my home, my relationships and in the depths of my mind in such a succinct but powerful way. There are some surprises however and twists at the end. Pauline seems to grip the heart of every conceivable human emotion ~ especially women’s.
I cannot quote a poem in case of infringing copyright but some of the titles may give you a taste of Pauline Prior-Pitt’s humour, as well as her understanding of humanity:
Leaving South Uist
be an angel, amnesia, sisterhood, together, crumbs, company of women, just, and when, a woman’s prayer …
‘be an angel’ is a collection of Pauline Prior Pitt’s poems inspired by the lives of women. Click on the link to go through to the publishers, Longstone Books. It does not appear to be available on Amazon.
If you love poetry, but also wish to have a flavour of life in the Outer Hebrides, (Pauline was born in North Uist) then I highly recommend this book.
Maureen Lipman says:
‘Everyone needs a Pauline Prior-Pitt in their lives and on their bookshelves.’
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