26th November 2013
North East writer Douglas Kynoch, who is
well known far beyond Aberdeenshire, and first hit the headlines back in 1994
with Teach Yourself Doric, has
written a collection of Doric poetry and prose entitled Simmer Ootin and other Scots Writings. This collection has as its
main theme comparisons between the countryside today and the rural landscape as
it was back in the 1940’s when Kynoch was then a child visiting a gamekeeper’s
cottage in Aberdeenshire. The writings are both humorous and serious, dealing
with school life, church and the nature of dementia. Kynoch also demonstrates
his wide talent with translations from French writers, his own versions of
psalms and carols, and pays tribute to the late poet Alec Scott. Although
Kynoch’s own native dialect is centred on Aberdeen, he considered that it was
“...too diluted for writing purposes...” and chose rather to write in a
rural-based Scots drawn from the North East countryside and takes direct
inspiration from the work of Charles Murray.
Simmer Ootin and other Scots Writings is priced £7.99 (ISBN 978-0-9566149-9-5) and can be purchased either in most North East bookshops (including Waterstones, Aberdeen) or online from www.booksfromscotland.com . If you would like more information please contact the publisher, Duncan Lockerbie of Lumphanan Press, either by e-mail Duncan@lumphananpress.co.uk or by phone 07708630672.