Congratulations to Sheila Templeton who have been nominated in Scots Writer o the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Sheila Templeton the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Sheila Templeton was brought up in Aberdeenshire, so her first language was N-east or Doric Scots. She writes in both Scots and English. She spent many years as a secondary school teacher and it wasn’t until after retirement from that career that she began writing.
Her poems have since been published in many anthologies, magazines and newspapers as well as being read on BBC Scotland.
Her published poetry collections:
Going Home Makar Press 2004
Running Threads (Collaboration) Makar Press 2006
Digging for Light New Voices Press 2010
Tender is the North Red Squirrel Press 2013
Gaitherin Red Squirrel Press 2016
Owersettin (Collaboration) Tapsalteerie Press 2016
Drochaid (Collaboration) Tapsalteerie Press 2019
Next collection due is Clyack Red Squirrel Press 2020
Also two CDs:
Lip Synch Makar Press 2007
A Richer Tocher Scotsoun 2017
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
First Prize in the James McCash Scots Language Poetry Competition…4 times, as well as many other prizes in that competition. Her poems featured in
The Smeddum Test, an anthology of McCash prize winners from 2003 to 2013.
First Prize in the Robert McLellan Poetry Competition 2007
First Prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition Adult Poetry Section 2019
2nd Prize in the Robert Tannahill Scots Poetry Competition 2017
*All of these awards have been for poems written in Scots, even if the competition didn’t ask for Scots.
She worked as Poet in Residence in the Harbour Arts Centre Irvine from 2007 to 2010, working with children and adults to produce 2 collections of their poetry.
And worked as a facilitator in the SPL’s Living Voices sessions 2012 to 2014, using poetry to work with residents in a care home in Aberdeen.
She was Makar of the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2009.
She is an engaging performer of her own work and has done many poetry readings, including at StAnza International Poetry Festival, Wigtown Writing Festival, Aye Write, WayWord…and many others.
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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