Document 330

Hallowe'en hansel

Author(s): Christine De Luca

Copyright holder(s): Christine De Luca


A boannie nicht for castin kale:
a fat mön vaegin owre Sannis,
a hale gadderie o laads an lasses.

A spree i der blöd,
laads loupit dykes
purled kale-stocks
iggit een anidder on
ripe da rigs
hunse fur hens
whit a stramash
an dan da dash
tae a porch door
lift da sneck
ball in da booty
rin like da mellishon
dunna look back.

But dee an me
pooskered wi da bassel
fell ahint ta draa breath,
taste wir first smoorikin.
But aa I can mind is da mön
gaffin at me in mi cöttikins
wis ahint a uncan barn
an dy blate hansel
anunder a kendlin o starns.

hansel: gift to mark an inaugural occasion; boannie: bonnie; castin kale: the childhood Hallowe'en tradition of stealing croft produce such as cabbages and throwing them in doorways; mön: moon; vaegin: wandering, travelling; owre: over; hale: whole; gadderie: gathering; spree: jollification; i: in; der: their; blöd: blood; loupit: jumped; purled: poked about; kale-stocks: cabbages; iggit on: incited; een anidder: one another; to ripe: to harvest; rigs: fields; hunse: rummage; fur: for; whit: what; stramash: commotion; dan: then; tae: to; sneck: latch; ball: throw; rin: run; the mellishon: the devil; dunna: do not; dee: you (familiar); pooskered: exhausted; wi: with; bassel: struggle; ahint: behind; draa: draw; wir: our; smoorikin: kiss; aa: all; mind: remember; gaffin: laughing; mi: my; cöttikins: ankle socks; wis: us; uncan: unfamiliar; dy: your (familiar); blate: shy; anunder: under; kendlin: live coals; starns: stars.

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Hallowe'en hansel


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 1995
Word count 255
General description From collection of poems

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Text publication details

Publisher Shetland Library
Publication year 1997
Place of publication Lerwick
ISBN/ISSN 0-904562-64-6
Edition 1st
Part of a longer series of texts
Name of series 'Wast wi da Valkyries'

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Author details

Author id 120
Forenames Christine
Surname De Luca
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Head of Assessment, Research and Development
Place of birth Bressay
Region of birth Shetland
Birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Edinburgh
Residence CSD dialect area Edb
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Headmaster
Father's place of birth Vidlin
Father's region of birth Shetland
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Primary Teacher
Mother's place of birth Cunningsburgh
Mother's region of birth Shetland
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Sh
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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