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'The Gospel According to Pooh'
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AB_LL_JIM_HEWITSON
DEIT
2008
LINN
2000an
CRUTHADAIR
Jim Hewitson
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Am Baile
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1377
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claistinneach
cruthan-tìre litreachais

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Chaidh an dàn 'The Gospel According to Pooh' a sgrìobhadh le Seumas Hewiston agus tha e a' nochdadh na fhoillseachadh as ùire, 'Boulders at Hirti Geo' (2007). Tha e air a leughadh an seo leis an ùghdar. (Dealbh le cead coibhneil o Paul Thorburn.)

'My name's Jim Hewitson and this is 'The Gospel According to Pooh'

We're all looking for answers, aren't we, to life's big questions, yet they, so often they seem to slip through our fingers like sand. Perhaps instead of seeking we should stop for just a moment in some quiet place and let the answers come to us.

The Gospel according to Pooh

At the top of the ladder, washing the windaes,
Everything suddenly becomes clear.
There, in the soapy bubbles - the answer,
And yet, on descending, the notion has flown,
Putting it quickly into words is the problem.

Or in the kitchen, making breakfast,
The universal solution lies in the cornflakes,
There in the swirling harmony of milk and toasted corn,
But with the first mouthful the idea has evaporated.
Putting it quickly into words is the problem.

Or in the garden, in the midst of serious spadework,
It is so obvious you wonder how you missed it,
The answer lies sparklingly in the dark soil,
Until the dog barks and the insight has gone.
Putting it quickly into words is the problem.

Or watching the chickens pecking, feeding,
Again the meaning of life makes itself known,
A fleeting instant of realisation,
But by the time you've brought their water from the loch
The brainwave has evaporated
Putting it into words is the problem.

The scene changes,
A university philosophy lecture,
on the nature of existence.
The professor notes a slumberer in the third row.
At the heart of this debate is one question,
the professor suggests.
That question: 'Does God exist?'
'And what do you think the answer is, Mr Macdonald?'

The slumberer hears his name, the last question only,
and shakes himself, seeking to retrieve the situation.
'Umm, uhh, aah. I know the answer, Professor
but I've forgotten it!'

The professor smiles:
'Ladies and gentlemen - we are witnesses
to one of the most distressing moments
in the history of mankind,
Mr Macdonald knows the secret of the universe...
But he has forgotten!'

Yes, putting it quickly into words IS the problem.
So perhaps it's best to remember Winnie the Pooh,
A bear of very little brains, who declared, as you'll recall:
'You think of Things,
you find sometimes that a Thing
which seemed very Thingish inside you
is quite different when it gets out into the open
and has other people looking at it.'

When it comes to the meaning of existence,
putting the unputtable into words,
Brainless Pooh is wiser than he seems. He knows
the answer is there in the bubble, the cereal, the soil and the student,
And that's where it should stay.

Fad fhichead bliadhna tha Jim Hewitson air a bhith ag obair na neach-naidheachd/ sgrìobhadair neo-eisimeileach às a dhachaigh air eilean Papa Westray, Arcaibh, far a bheil e cuideachd a' dèanamh malairt le leabaidh is bracaist còmhla ri bhean, Mòrag. Tha triùir chlann aca, air fàs suas, agus aon ogha.

O mheadhan nan 1960an gu meadhan nan 1980an bha Seumas na neach-naidheachd ceangailte, ag obair aig pàipearan-naidheachd Albannach seachdaineil, feasgar agus làitheil, mu dheireadh a' cur seachad còig bliadhna mar neach-deasaiche naidheachdan Dhùin Èidinn aig Herald Ghlaschu. Tràth sna 1970an rinn e siubhal san Roinn Eòrpa, a' fuireach, ag obair agus a' sgrìobhadh ann an dusan diofar dhùthchannan agus a' fuireach fad ghreis ann an Umbria san Eadailt agus ann an Kifisia faisg air Athens.

Sna còig bliadhnaichean deug chaidh seachad tha Seumas air dà leabhar dheug a sgrìobhadh a tha a' coimhead air dearbh-aithne nan Albannach, air beatha nan eilean agus air an eachdraidh Albannach air a bheil daoine measail, leabhraichean a chaidh am foillseachadh le diofar foillsichear ann an Alba, nam measg Mainstream agus Canongate. Tràth sna 1990an fhuair e tabhartas o Chomhairle Ealain na h-Alba ach an cumadh e a' dol le a sgrìobhadh neo-fhicseanach.

Sna bliadhnaichean tràtha san linn ùr seo, choisinn Jim MA le onaran aig a' phrìomh ìre o Oilthigh Obar Dheathain ann an Rannsachadh Eòlas na h-Alba agus ann an 2004 choisinn e o' n oilthigh Duais Nan Shepherd airson Litreachas Albannach. Fhad 's a bha e aig an oilthigh, bha e ag obair na neach-rannsachaidh leis a' BhBC ann an Obar Dheathain. Tha e air craobh-sgaoileadh gu cunbhalach air eachdraidh Alba is air beatha nan eilean agus rinn e òraidean aig fèisean leabhraichean, aig bùithtean leabhraichean agus aig leabharlainn air feadh na dùthcha.

'S e cruinneachadh o 'n dà fhichead bliadhna de sgrìobhadh aige a tha san leabhar ùr a rinn Jim, 'Boulders at Hirti Geo'. Am measg nam pìosan a th' ann, tha artaigilean phàipear-naidheachd, bàrdachd, dealbhan-cluiche, sgeulachdan goirid, aistean oilthigh agus sgeulachdan cloinne. Tha e ag obair an-dràsta air ficsean, artaigilean irisean agus craoladh cunbhalach, a bharrachd air obair fhathast air a phròiseact fhèin, a' rannsachadh dearbh-aithne nan Albannach is eòlas air na h-ìomhaighean aca.

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'The Gospel According to Pooh'

2000an

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Chaidh an dàn 'The Gospel According to Pooh' a sgrìobhadh le Seumas Hewiston agus tha e a' nochdadh na fhoillseachadh as ùire, 'Boulders at Hirti Geo' (2007). Tha e air a leughadh an seo leis an ùghdar. (Dealbh le cead coibhneil o Paul Thorburn.)<br /> <br /> 'My name's Jim Hewitson and this is 'The Gospel According to Pooh'<br /> <br /> We're all looking for answers, aren't we, to life's big questions, yet they, so often they seem to slip through our fingers like sand. Perhaps instead of seeking we should stop for just a moment in some quiet place and let the answers come to us.<br /> <br /> The Gospel according to Pooh<br /> <br /> At the top of the ladder, washing the windaes,<br /> Everything suddenly becomes clear.<br /> There, in the soapy bubbles - the answer,<br /> And yet, on descending, the notion has flown,<br /> Putting it quickly into words is the problem.<br /> <br /> Or in the kitchen, making breakfast,<br /> The universal solution lies in the cornflakes,<br /> There in the swirling harmony of milk and toasted corn,<br /> But with the first mouthful the idea has evaporated.<br /> Putting it quickly into words is the problem.<br /> <br /> Or in the garden, in the midst of serious spadework,<br /> It is so obvious you wonder how you missed it,<br /> The answer lies sparklingly in the dark soil,<br /> Until the dog barks and the insight has gone.<br /> Putting it quickly into words is the problem.<br /> <br /> Or watching the chickens pecking, feeding,<br /> Again the meaning of life makes itself known,<br /> A fleeting instant of realisation,<br /> But by the time you've brought their water from the loch<br /> The brainwave has evaporated<br /> Putting it into words is the problem.<br /> <br /> The scene changes,<br /> A university philosophy lecture, <br /> on the nature of existence.<br /> The professor notes a slumberer in the third row.<br /> At the heart of this debate is one question,<br /> the professor suggests.<br /> That question: 'Does God exist?'<br /> 'And what do you think the answer is, Mr Macdonald?'<br /> <br /> The slumberer hears his name, the last question only,<br /> and shakes himself, seeking to retrieve the situation.<br /> 'Umm, uhh, aah. I know the answer, Professor<br /> but I've forgotten it!'<br /> <br /> The professor smiles:<br /> 'Ladies and gentlemen - we are witnesses<br /> to one of the most distressing moments<br /> in the history of mankind,<br /> Mr Macdonald knows the secret of the universe...<br /> But he has forgotten!'<br /> <br /> Yes, putting it quickly into words IS the problem.<br /> So perhaps it's best to remember Winnie the Pooh,<br /> A bear of very little brains, who declared, as you'll recall:<br /> 'You think of Things,<br /> you find sometimes that a Thing<br /> which seemed very Thingish inside you<br /> is quite different when it gets out into the open<br /> and has other people looking at it.'<br /> <br /> When it comes to the meaning of existence,<br /> putting the unputtable into words,<br /> Brainless Pooh is wiser than he seems. He knows<br /> the answer is there in the bubble, the cereal, the soil and the student,<br /> And that's where it should stay.<br /> <br /> Fad fhichead bliadhna tha Jim Hewitson air a bhith ag obair na neach-naidheachd/ sgrìobhadair neo-eisimeileach às a dhachaigh air eilean Papa Westray, Arcaibh, far a bheil e cuideachd a' dèanamh malairt le leabaidh is bracaist còmhla ri bhean, Mòrag. Tha triùir chlann aca, air fàs suas, agus aon ogha. <br /> <br /> O mheadhan nan 1960an gu meadhan nan 1980an bha Seumas na neach-naidheachd ceangailte, ag obair aig pàipearan-naidheachd Albannach seachdaineil, feasgar agus làitheil, mu dheireadh a' cur seachad còig bliadhna mar neach-deasaiche naidheachdan Dhùin Èidinn aig Herald Ghlaschu. Tràth sna 1970an rinn e siubhal san Roinn Eòrpa, a' fuireach, ag obair agus a' sgrìobhadh ann an dusan diofar dhùthchannan agus a' fuireach fad ghreis ann an Umbria san Eadailt agus ann an Kifisia faisg air Athens.<br /> <br /> Sna còig bliadhnaichean deug chaidh seachad tha Seumas air dà leabhar dheug a sgrìobhadh a tha a' coimhead air dearbh-aithne nan Albannach, air beatha nan eilean agus air an eachdraidh Albannach air a bheil daoine measail, leabhraichean a chaidh am foillseachadh le diofar foillsichear ann an Alba, nam measg Mainstream agus Canongate. Tràth sna 1990an fhuair e tabhartas o Chomhairle Ealain na h-Alba ach an cumadh e a' dol le a sgrìobhadh neo-fhicseanach. <br /> <br /> Sna bliadhnaichean tràtha san linn ùr seo, choisinn Jim MA le onaran aig a' phrìomh ìre o Oilthigh Obar Dheathain ann an Rannsachadh Eòlas na h-Alba agus ann an 2004 choisinn e o' n oilthigh Duais Nan Shepherd airson Litreachas Albannach. Fhad 's a bha e aig an oilthigh, bha e ag obair na neach-rannsachaidh leis a' BhBC ann an Obar Dheathain. Tha e air craobh-sgaoileadh gu cunbhalach air eachdraidh Alba is air beatha nan eilean agus rinn e òraidean aig fèisean leabhraichean, aig bùithtean leabhraichean agus aig leabharlainn air feadh na dùthcha. <br /> <br /> 'S e cruinneachadh o 'n dà fhichead bliadhna de sgrìobhadh aige a tha san leabhar ùr a rinn Jim, 'Boulders at Hirti Geo'. Am measg nam pìosan a th' ann, tha artaigilean phàipear-naidheachd, bàrdachd, dealbhan-cluiche, sgeulachdan goirid, aistean oilthigh agus sgeulachdan cloinne. Tha e ag obair an-dràsta air ficsean, artaigilean irisean agus craoladh cunbhalach, a bharrachd air obair fhathast air a phròiseact fhèin, a' rannsachadh dearbh-aithne nan Albannach is eòlas air na h-ìomhaighean aca.