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Northern Alchemy

Shetlandic poems with versions in English

Christina De Luca

Published by Patrician Press
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Paperback, 94 pages, first published Mar 2020
Book Description

A bi-lingual collection of 40 poems, each in the original Shetlandic, along with a version in English. The poems will be selected from several of Christine De Luca’s collections along with some as yet unpublished poems.

Shetlandic is a unique ‘dialect’ or language, a blend of Old Scots with strong Norse vocabulary and sound; the most distinctive within Scotland. Nordic poets, when they hear it, describe it as a ‘cousin language’.

Christine De Luca lives in Edinburgh. She writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue. She was appointed Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate) for 2014-2017. Besides several children’s stories (in Shetlandic) and one novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian) and has been active in translation. She has also co-authored/edited two books including her poems, most recently Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh (Luath Press, 2018).

Reviews for Northern Alchemy

“…a splendid selection which demonstrates the dazzling breadth and the variety of her craft. The feelings being evoked are universal - love, loss, joy, the power of memory, but their mode of expression is specific. When they come together, we have the alchemy that bestows what I can only describe as authenticity”
Kathy Hubbard, The New Shetlander

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