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The old Shetland fishermen still speak with something like reverence of the forgotten art of steering by the moder dy (mother wave), the name given to an underswell which it is said always travels in the direction of home’
Written in English, interspersed with Shetlandic dialect throughout, this eagerly awaited debut collection from Shetland poet Roseanne Watt contains profound, assured and wilfully spare poems that are built from the sight, sound and heartbeat of the land as much as from the sea. In rigorously controlled, concise, and vivid language Watt offers glimpses of the landscape alongside which we find the most complex and mysterious of human experiences.
‘This is a celebration of language, place, and the mystery of being alive‘ – Janice Galloway
As part of Feminist Book Fortnight’s celebration of the words and art of women, Roseanne Watt launches Moder Dy with musician Ives in what promises to be a stunning collaboration.
Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland now living and working in Edinburgh. She is currently poetry editor for The Island Review and was the winner of the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film) and runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.
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