Document 571


Author(s): Janet Paisley

Copyright holder(s): Janet Paisley


It's early moarnin an the mist's risin aff the gress, hingin ablow the trees like a curtin fae thur branches. It suits me. Ah'm no in masell. A coo lous wi burth pain faur doon the holla. A wey aff fae cauvin, bit kennin it. Ma feet ur sodden yit thurs nae mindin in me. Mibbe the harr is passin through me tae.

Only the shoatgun is soalid. Heaviur, greyur, cauldur. Soalid, richt enough. It cairryin me. Cairryin me doon the field, ower the burn's ruckled stanes, through its white watter an up by the mill.

Thurs nae a sowl aboot an ah leuk back tae see a licht cum oan in yin hoose. Rab Coannell gittin up fur the post. Ah keep ahint the mill, doon tae the coattages. The weeds ur high here an thur wetness wid tie thum roon me. Ye jist keep shuvin.

Ootside his hoose thurs nae back gairden. Jist the wildness an the wet. Close tae the stanes huv the braith o the wurld oan thum. A licht goes oan it ma shouder, dull yella. Watter rins, tinny, intae a kettle. Thur is whustlin. Saft, nae tune, mind elsewhaur whustlin. Ah dinnae waant these meenuts o his day. The waashin. The tea made, drunk. Ah waant the slammin o his door. Feet oan his graivel path. The key in his gairidge padloak. Ah waant the leuk oan his face is he turns roon.

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Information about Document 571



Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Typed
Year of composition 1990
Word count 243

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Taranis Books
Publication year 1993
Place of publication Glasgow
ISBN/ISSN 1-873899-50-5
Edition 1st and 2nd

Text setting


Text type

Short story


Author details

Author id 103
Forenames Janet
Surname Paisley
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism and Paganism
Occupation Writer
Place of birth Ilford
Region of birth Essex
Country of birth England
Place of residence Falkirk
Region of residence Stirling
Residence CSD dialect area Stlg
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Factory Processor
Father's place of birth Balloch
Father's region of birth Dunbarton
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Dnbt
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Nurse
Mother's place of birth Avonbridge
Mother's region of birth Stirling
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Stlg
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Work, home, social, public
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Work, home, social, public