Document 1393


Author(s): Laureen Johnson

Copyright holder(s): Laureen Johnson


Force 9 aesin Force 7,
haddin aff hail shooers.
He’s comin snaa.

Schöl closes wi
a murmur o cradles an carols,
a rivin o envelops,
a reesle o pairties.

Wark stops wi
a seich,
a hooch,
a foy,
or drees oot da night
ida hidmaist pub.

Shops, ready
for da last roond,
stengle up shelfs
an smiles,
an - yet ageen -
press Play.

Da News, wi holly
in neuks,
tries ta be waarm
but winna be.
brakkin habits.)

An faimily circles,
haddin tagidder,
growin or dwinin,
birl aroond
ta da aald eightsome reel
as best dey can.

We dö try,
ta mak each idder happy.

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Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 1000+

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Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2005
Word count 108

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Magazine (e-zine)

Text publication details

Publication year 2005
Place of publication Shetland
Part of larger text
Contained in The New Shetlander, No 234, 2005
Editor Laureen Johnson and Brian Smith
Page numbers 12

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Author id 969
Forenames Laureen
Surname Johnson
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired teacher
Place of birth Lerwick
Region of birth Shetland
Birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Voe
Region of residence Shetland
Residence CSD dialect area Sh
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Clerk / crofter
Father's place of birth Voe
Father's region of birth Shetland
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Machine knitter / housewife
Mother's place of birth lunnasting
Mother's region of birth Shetland
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes In formal situations, or wherever required
French Yes Yes Yes Yes As appropriate
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Incl. Shetland dialect. At home and elsewhere