Congratulations to Angus Shoor Caan who have been nominated in Scots Performer o the Year sponsored by Tracs in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Angus Shoor Caan the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
68 years of age, I relocated to my home area fifteen years ago from NW England and found I at last had the time to write the many stories I had stored away.
I’m the author of thirteen novels, twelve of which have been published. Sixteen volumes of poetry and a fair number of short stories.
Three years ago I became a member of Fundamental Conduit, a writers’ group based in Paisley which fuses written word and music with a view to performance. Together we have performed at various charity events in the Paisley surround, sadly disrupted now by the Covid19 virus. Almost a year ago we cut a cd of some of our poetry set to music and recently it was finalised. Strange to hear my voice in this way..
My proudest moment thus far re my writing was to have one of my poems ‘Dive For Your Memory’ included to the Alzheimers Christmas Carol Service programme in December last year; this after witnessing a good friend succumb to the illness.
Lately I’ve been posting video poems to several FaceBook pages, attracting a lot of favourable feedback which pleases me no end.
I tend to write phonetically to my North Ayrshire home, including some poetic licence and a dash of Paliamo.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
A came back here fae doon south an’ immediately noticed a loat e’ ri aul’ words wis disappearin’ fae general conversation. A wis lyin’ in ma scratcher wan night an’ heard a news bulletin aboot a stope an’ search rit went wrang an’ afore A kent it A hud formed a wee McLimerick aboot ri situation. Hauf an ‘oor later A wis et ri lappy rattlin’ oot anurr twinty ur so afore A could get back tae ma kip. Et ri last coont rur wis 3,500 e’ rum an’ A fun rey take up much e’ ma wakin’ ‘oors rese days.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
The publication of my first novel, ‘Scoosh’.
Performing with Fundamental Conduit.
One of my poems, ‘After The Fire’ being read out at a service to remember those lost to the bush fires in Victoria, Australia. and of course my poem in the Alzheimers service..
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
I should be going to Adelaide, SA for a friend’s wedding and still hope to but this virus has made me wary. I’m very disappointed about that but fully understand the reasons behind the worldwide upheaval. There’s to be a video so at least I can be there in spirit.
Other than that I plan to keep on writing for as long as the muse permits.
Read more about Angus Shoor Caan
The Scots Language Awards 2020 will be online at www.scotslanguageawards.com. We will have a mixture of events on the 23rd / 24th October. Performing at the Award on Saturday 24th September will be Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson and Jim Malcolm.
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