Document 142

Doon an Oot

Author(s): Sheena Blackhall

Copyright holder(s): Sheena Blackhall


A doon an oot. A wino.
Her face wis minkit.
Lord, she stank tae High Heaven
Tarts nails, beetroot reid
Braith, sickly sweet
Whit scaffie's bin
Forgot tae pit the tin
Lid on her?
I tell ye - I hid tae move ma seat.

The state o' yon,
Sittin, in an Art Gallery
Some fowk's nae sense o' decency

She's nae alane.
Van Gogh gaed doon the drain
Aabody liked him.. posthumously
Fame's a funny thing.
Me? White wis I there fur?
Tae see the picturs, naturally.

Hogarth wisna on view. A peety.
His 'Gin Lane's' maist affectin
An yon chiel Degas, hard tae beat,
Peintit an absinthe drinker
Sae real, ye'd nearly greet.
Whit happened tae the wino?
Yer nae in ony doot!
Realism's best ahin a glaiss,
Nae face tae face
They pit her oot.

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Doon an Oot


Text audience

General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Word count 143

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Text publication details

Publisher Charles Murray Trust
Publication year 1995
Place of publication Aberdeen
ISBN/ISSN 0952114289

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Author details

Author id 112
Forenames Sheena
Surname Blackhall
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Brought up Protestant, now Buddhist
Occupation Writer and supply teacher
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Aberdeen
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Manager of Deeside Omnibus Service
Father's place of birth Aboyne
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Private Secretary
Mother's place of birth Aberdeen
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic Yes Yes Yes Yes Elementary. Gaelic choir. Poetry.
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes