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The Chagall Winnocks: With Other Scots Poems and Ballads of Europe
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The Chagall Winnocks: With Other Scots Poems and Ballads of Europe (Paperback)

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From the forests of Finland to the plain of Lombardy, from a Scottish beach to a river island in Hungary,Tom Hubbard deploys the riches of the Scots language to explore that tragicomic space we call Europe. The poems are variously tender and mischievous in their reatment of our all-too-human foibles - Hubbard believes that an international outlook and a parochial one (centred, in his case, on his native Fife) can be mutually enriching. The poems in THE CHAGALL WINNOCKS draw on the folklore of many European countries, not least that of Scotland - and indeed it is a retelling of a Fife legend, which opens this collection of poems, which have grown out of his travels in, and study of, the continent as a whole. Many of these poems tell stories, in the form of ballads or the reworking of traditional tales; conversely, this collection of poems could be seen as a series of short stories, albeit in verse form.Hubbard's new collection is a bold statement of faith in the Scots language, and echoes Hugh MacDiarmid's remarks on 'the unique blend of the lyrical and the ludicrous' which is possible in Scots, 'its Dostoevskian debris of ideas - an inexhaustible quarry of subtle and significant sound' ('A Theory of Scots Letters').

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Grace Note Publications Publication Date: 26/11/2012 ISBN-13: 9781907676208  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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TOM HUBBARD was Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Connecticut for the spring semester of 2011 and Professor invite at the Stendhal University, Grenoble, in 2011-12, and a Writer-in-Residence at the Chateau Lavigny (Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation), Vaud, Switzerland, in the spring of 2012. He is founding editor of an online magazine, THE PATHHEAD REVIEW. His two latest collections, The Nyaff (Windfall Books) and The Merry Dancers (with Sheena Blackhall; Malfranteaux Concepts) have also appeared in 2012. His novel, Marie B. (Ravenscraig Press), based on the life of the Ukrainian painter Marie Bashkirtseff, was shortlisted for a Saltire year award.

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