Left to Write, a collection of poetry and prose by Aberdeen's
Lemon Tree Writers, was published by Aberdeen City Council in 1995.
These forceful writers aren't so much concerned with describing Aberdeen or its traditions
as they are with drawing it into the world, with concern, skill and understanding
from their varied experiences and wide reading. The topics and forms in this book
reflect, at last, the polyglot town that Aberdeen has become; the north-east of
Scotland inextricably part of the big dirty world.
Here you will find the courage and loneliness of immigrants to this country; finely
made poems of feeling and landscape; the wry satire which only comes from the Scottish
pencil; and dark, European visions of the results of our frantic, mechanised lives.
This is no longer a town for couthy stories.
Writer in Residence (1993-94)
Aberdeen City Council
Author of Fisher's Hornpipe and McX
Poems, verse fictions, prose narratives and an extract from a novel are the basic
ingredients. All are served with a uniform English sauce-tone that makes the absence
of Gaelic, Scots or Doric all the more curious. Yet exotic tales of Africa, a literary
arrest, sharp observation of field-life, rig-risk and cat domination give the anthology
as a whole a welcome cosmopolitan taste. The overall impression is of a group of
writers willing to assimilate shared certainties, creativity and criticism. Having
listened to several of the writers it also reflects the ambitions of the Lemon Tree
Writers to 'explore'.
As a collection of new writing it travels well.
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