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Stobs Castle, Stockbridge, Stockbriggs, Stoer, Stonebyres, Stonefield, Stonehaven

Anonymous In Stoney (pdf)
By Jean Kemlo

Virtual Walk round Stonehaven with Alistair Lawrie
Anne and Ged created this virtual walk for us earlier in the year. Now, as part of the Across the Grain Festival 2020, Alistair Lawrie has added his own commentary in Doric.
Alistair Lawrie is a Peterheid loon that nowadays bides in Steenhive. A former dominie, he now works part time as a Community Learning worker. His short story “Delivery” won the William Soutar Prize 2016 and his poetry and stories have been published in “The Interpreter’s House”, “The Poets’ Republic” an “Northwords Now”; he coedited the Scottish sea anthology “A Glimmer Of Cold Brine” which contains his short story “The Boxie”. He runs weekly creative writing sessions for the Mearns Writers collective in Stonehaven (Thursdays) and Inverbervie (Mondays). The poem quoted is called “Fog”. If you are not a Doric Speaker, then please click on the captions button where we have provided a full English translation.

Alastair, attached is a copy of a booklet I published with Jean Kemlo back in 2006, when she was in her 80’s, which raised money for local charities in Stonehaven.  Jean passed away several years ago now, so I think it’s time for it to go live on the internet, so it’s available for those who remember her and others, over to you.

A’ the best,


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