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Dead Good Poets

Fa dis she think she is?

Mary Johnston

Thursday 24 September 2009
6.30pm - 8pm

Books and Beans, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

Admission £2

Dead Good Poets present the launch of Mary Johnston's new collection of Doric poems. She will be joined in a reading by North-East Makar Sheena Blackhall, and Douglas Kynoch, poet and author of A Doric Dictionary and other works pertaining to the Doric.

Mary Johnston, nee Mackie, was brought up in rural Aberdeenshire and now lives in Midlothian. The Doric dialect was her first language, forbidden in school where she was told to 'speak proper', i.e. English.

She has two pamphlets of poetry, Teuchat Storm, a collection of early childhood memories, Smaa Spangs, translations of German Lieder and a pamphlet of five short stories with biblical themes, Kennt His Faither. All three pamphlets have CDs of Mary Johnston reading the texts.

Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston's new collection of poems in the Doric is Fa dis she think she is? published by Calder Wood Press, 2009.

Mary was brought up near Ellon, and her poems reflect the strength of her attachment to the area and its distinctive tongue. In this collection the award-winning poet writes about family, local people, memory, children, grandchildren and other subjects, all with her characteristic honesty, humour and warmth.

The evening will, as always, include an open mic session. Poems in Doric or Scots will be particularly welcome.

This event will be dedicated to the memory of Stanley Robertson (1940-2009).

2009 Programme

North East Writers

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