Document 1012

The New Mannie

Author(s): Liz Niven

Copyright holder(s): Liz Niven


If ye want a nappy chynged jist gie us a bell,
fir A'm a new mannie, can ye no tell?
A'd've hid ma ain wean if only A couldv'e,
an at the labour the wife says she wished A would've,
fir then A could've breast fed them,bit A'm afraid A cannie.
Aye there are some limits tae bein a new mannie.

Bit she's doon the boozer wi her mates the night.
She's worked aw week so it's only right.
A mean A've had some sleepless nights A'll gie ye that,
bit ye cannae complain jist look at ma flat.
Spick an span no a bit a stoor in sight,
the washin's aw done. A've been at it aw night.
A'll dae a wee bit ironin, pit oan ma trannie.
Oh, it's no that bad bein a new mannie.

Ra morra, she says, A can go wi the lads,
a bevvie, the fitba a wee gemme o cards.
She'll take the wean tae it's gran roon the street
get oot fir a drink an a wee bite tae eat,
wi some o the lassies she's kent aw her life.
She tells them she's lucky tae be such a wife
wi a new man at hame tae look efter the kid,
she'll mibbe hae anither when we're oot o the rid.
A'd get a joab if A could bit A cannie,
A'm needit at hame cos A'm a new mannie.

She's thinkin o haein a holiday soon-
a week in New York wi her pals fae the toon.
Will A stey at hame wi the wean fir the week?
A wisnae too sure if that wis a cheek,
an takin advantage o me an ma role.
A'm hauf considerin gaun doon the dole,
gettin a joab an ma ain independence,
bit she's says that's jist a load o auld nonsense.
'A don't want ma man workin', she says that A cannie,
A'm no sure whit tae dae fir A'm a new mannie

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The New Mannie


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2001
Word count 363

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Canongate
Publication year 2001
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN 184195134X
Part of a longer series of texts
Name of series Stravaigin - poetry collection

Text type



Author details

Author id 19
Forenames Liz
Surname Niven
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Occupation Writer
Place of birth Glasgow
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Dumfries
Region of residence E & Mid Dumfries
Residence CSD dialect area Dmf
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Gardener
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Seamstress
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Work / home
French Yes Yes Yes Yes With French people / films
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Work / home