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  • 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
  • Arts & Culture
    Kevin Williamson 2nd Oct'14 6
  • Poetry
    Mike Small 7th Jun'14 11
  • Commentary

    I Shall Vote Yes

    The last in the series of referendum poems by A.R. Frith. Read his sonnet for the Undecided here and his I Shall Vote No here. […]

    A.R. Frith 23rd Apr'14 21
  • Poetry

    Information, Please

    Something I need to know is: will the formerly-British Museum be giving back the chessmen to Lewis, and the marbles to Elgin? Something I need […]

    A.R. Frith 19th Apr'14 28
  • Poetry

    I Shall Vote No

    [After Christopher Logue, I Shall Vote Labour (1966)] I shall vote No because, without Westminster, We’d never have got rid of the Poll Tax I […]

    A.R. Frith 15th Apr'14 30
  • Poetry

    On the Far Side of Revenge

    Remembering Seamus Heaney. At the start of ¡Pistoleros! 1:1918, Heaney is quoted: History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’ But then, once […]

    Mike Small 30th Aug'13 2
  • Iraq War
    George Gunn 20th Mar'13 3
  • Arts & Culture

    Performing Tam o’ Shanter

    The lure and challenge of performing Tam o’ Shanter was far too enticing to  ignore. It’s the biggie, the epic masterpiece, all 224 lines of […]

    Kevin Williamson 3rd Mar'13 2

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