Scotland's 5th Estate


  • Poetry
    Orla-Jo ní Dhúill 18th Aug'16 5
  • #Indyref2
    Hannah Wright 18th Aug'16 6
  • Poetry

    The First Time She Saw A Ciabatta

    (Reflections on Brexit) The first time she saw a Ciabatta Was on one sunny springlike day In a snack bar, by the meadows Sometime round […]

    David Greig 14th Jul'16 6
  • Poetry

    Edinburgh 2/7/16

    Wildflowers of the street-side: plantain between paving slabs and honesty – yes – lunaria annua rooted in the sludge under tenement walls, also hawksbit, daisies, […]

    Kathleen Jamie 11th Jul'16 4
  • Poetry

    Kate Tempest – Progress

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    17th May'16 0
  • Arts & Culture
    Bram E Gieben 9th Dec'15 61
  • Poetry

    A Carrying Stream

    Last year Colin Waters wrote: “Throw a stone in Edinburgh or Glasgow today and you’ll hit a poet. The Scottish spoken word scene has exploded, […]

    Mike Small 27th Nov'15 2
  • Poetry


    Dòchas – rionnag anns na speuran. Dùil – rocaid agus rionnag anns na speuran. Creideamh – adhar làn rionnagan. Cinnt – grian a’ deàrrsadh   […]

    8th Oct'15 6
  • Poetry

    Tessa Ransford (1938-2015)

    we leave / and live / as leaves : for Tessa, our bonnie fechter, who left poetry with a greater home, a shared home. Liz, […]

    Lesley Riddoch 3rd Sep'15 7
  • Poetry

    Caledonian Safari

    Raymond Harris wrote this after hearing that 432 people own 50% of Scotland. You’re only an urban audience, Streets of postcode – lottery free. How […]

    Raymond Harris 23rd May'15 1
  • Commentary

    Get a SHIFT On

    By Cal McGregor Poetry has long had a special place in Scottish culture. Anywhere that can hold Tom Leonard, Kathleen Jamie and Ivor Cutler in […]

    22nd Apr'15 27
  • Film and Animation
    22nd Feb'15 13
  • Environmental Justice

    Remembering Bhopal 30 Years On

    A haibun (a fusion of haiku and prose) from Meaghan Delahunt for Bhopal.   early in Bhopal the siren sounds to the late world   […]

    Meaghan Delahunt 2nd Dec'14 0
  • Arts & Culture

    FILM: Sullom by Roseanne Watt

    In a new departure for Bella, we present a filmpoem, ‘Sullom’. Roseanne is a young poet and film-maker from Shetland. She says: This filmpoem was […]

    Roseanne Watt 26th Nov'14 10

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