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TITLE
'Mapping a Continent'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_MORAG_MACINNES_02
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Morag MacInnes
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1412
KEYWORDS
audio
literary landscapes

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The poem 'Mapping a Continent' was written by Morag MacInnes and published by Hansel Cooperative Press in 'Alias Isobel: an Orkney Narrative' (2008). It is read here by the author.

Mapping a continent.

... Fubbister went over the long route by way of
Osnabruck House and LacSeul to the Winnipeg
River and up the Red to the post at Pembina.
David Spens died on the way ...

A'm clingin tae the edge
in this new place: the map's
a blank. The folk that ken
whit the right names ur
ur
no sayin.

A right name's no right till
hid's written doon,
sent tae London -
but there an Indian here called
Pickwop, that's
his Right name. There a
beuy here, John Fubbister - that's
no his right name.

Andrew Bikkan called that bite
oot the land be the shadows
the Noup. No right; but closer,
close enough tae touch hom.
No Hoy here, nothing that
smooth, this place is aal
edges. A'm aawful
lik Canada, me body's a blank page
some man'll write names on.

Lukk at aal that trees; messy craturs,
and no a name atween them. Mappin's
fur Gods; a'll no name a river.

Jist a bairn.

Morag MacInnes was born and educated in Orkney. She lived in Shetland, Germany and Lincolnshire before returning home to write. She has worked as a community artist, lecturer, WEA tutor and drama worker and has also produced community plays, oral histories and anthologies.

Morag's short stories and poems appear in various publications including two anthologies - 'Riptide' (2007) and 'Cleave' (2008). Her latest poetry sequence 'Alias Isobel' was published by Hansel Cooperative Press in 2008.

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'Mapping a Continent'

2000s

audio; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Morag MacInnes

The poem 'Mapping a Continent' was written by Morag MacInnes and published by Hansel Cooperative Press in 'Alias Isobel: an Orkney Narrative' (2008). It is read here by the author.<br /> <br /> Mapping a continent. <br /> <br /> ... Fubbister went over the long route by way of <br /> Osnabruck House and LacSeul to the Winnipeg <br /> River and up the Red to the post at Pembina. <br /> David Spens died on the way ...<br /> <br /> A'm clingin tae the edge<br /> in this new place: the map's<br /> a blank. The folk that ken<br /> whit the right names ur<br /> ur<br /> no sayin.<br /> <br /> A right name's no right till<br /> hid's written doon,<br /> sent tae London -<br /> but there an Indian here called<br /> Pickwop, that's <br /> his Right name. There a <br /> beuy here, John Fubbister - that's<br /> no his right name.<br /> <br /> Andrew Bikkan called that bite<br /> oot the land be the shadows<br /> the Noup. No right; but closer,<br /> close enough tae touch hom.<br /> No Hoy here, nothing that<br /> smooth, this place is aal<br /> edges. A'm aawful<br /> lik Canada, me body's a blank page<br /> some man'll write names on.<br /> <br /> Lukk at aal that trees; messy craturs,<br /> and no a name atween them. Mappin's<br /> fur Gods; a'll no name a river.<br /> <br /> Jist a bairn.<br /> <br /> Morag MacInnes was born and educated in Orkney. She lived in Shetland, Germany and Lincolnshire before returning home to write. She has worked as a community artist, lecturer, WEA tutor and drama worker and has also produced community plays, oral histories and anthologies.<br /> <br /> Morag's short stories and poems appear in various publications including two anthologies - 'Riptide' (2007) and 'Cleave' (2008). Her latest poetry sequence 'Alias Isobel' was published by Hansel Cooperative Press in 2008.