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TITLE
'Dawn'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_MANDY_HAGGITH
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Mandy Haggith
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
40984
KEYWORDS
poems
short stories
literature
literary landscapes
audio

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The poem 'Dawn' was written by Mandy Haggith. It is read here by the author.

Dawn

In Zimbabwe dawn strides in
with the confidence of Dali
deftly brushing the Zambezi escarpment
pink, azure and gold
to a fanfare of hippopotamus.

I'm more used to a swithering dawn
who tentatively shuffles in
with a pencil
to spend a few hours sketching Suilven
quietly, with a willow warbler.

Originally from Northumberland, Mandy is a writer and environmental activist living on a woodland croft in Assynt, Sutherland. In 2005 she graduated with distinction from the prestigious Creative Writing MPhil at Glasgow University, where she studied with Tom Leonard. She has won several writing competitions and awards, including first prize in the Northern Lights Festival poetry competition, and one of her poems, Assynt Mountains, is a set text for GCSE English.

Mandy has two published poetry collections: 'Letting Light In' (Essence Press, 2005) and 'Castings' (Two Ravens Press, 2007). Spring 2008 saw the publication by Two Ravens Press of her first novel, 'The Last Bear', and in July 2008 Virgin Books/Random House published her non-fiction book about the paper industry, 'Paper Trails: from trees to trash - the true cost of paper'. She has recently been awarded a Scottish Arts Council writer's bursary and will spend much of the next year (2010) using Assynt's many ruined stone buildings as triggers for poetry and fiction. She runs writing retreats at Glencanisp Lodge, near Lochinver.

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'Dawn'

2000s

poems; short stories; literature; literary landscapes; audio

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Mandy Haggith

The poem 'Dawn' was written by Mandy Haggith. It is read here by the author.<br /> <br /> Dawn<br /> <br /> In Zimbabwe dawn strides in<br /> with the confidence of Dali<br /> deftly brushing the Zambezi escarpment<br /> pink, azure and gold<br /> to a fanfare of hippopotamus.<br /> <br /> I'm more used to a swithering dawn<br /> who tentatively shuffles in<br /> with a pencil<br /> to spend a few hours sketching Suilven <br /> quietly, with a willow warbler.<br /> <br /> Originally from Northumberland, Mandy is a writer and environmental activist living on a woodland croft in Assynt, Sutherland. In 2005 she graduated with distinction from the prestigious Creative Writing MPhil at Glasgow University, where she studied with Tom Leonard. She has won several writing competitions and awards, including first prize in the Northern Lights Festival poetry competition, and one of her poems, Assynt Mountains, is a set text for GCSE English. <br /> <br /> Mandy has two published poetry collections: 'Letting Light In' (Essence Press, 2005) and 'Castings' (Two Ravens Press, 2007). Spring 2008 saw the publication by Two Ravens Press of her first novel, 'The Last Bear', and in July 2008 Virgin Books/Random House published her non-fiction book about the paper industry, 'Paper Trails: from trees to trash - the true cost of paper'. She has recently been awarded a Scottish Arts Council writer's bursary and will spend much of the next year (2010) using Assynt's many ruined stone buildings as triggers for poetry and fiction. She runs writing retreats at Glencanisp Lodge, near Lochinver.