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TWIST – Horrific History of Scottish Witch-hunts in Paint and Verse

…another excellent fusion of the art of Pauline McGee and the poetry of my pal, Mac Logan… enjoy! 🙂

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TWIST – horror of historic Scottish witch-hunts

Those convicted were almost always strangled at the stake and then their dead body was burned. We have records of 141 sentences specifying an execution method; 120 were for strangling and burning. Of the 17 sentenced simply to burning, many may have been strangled first—though a very small number are known to have been burned alive. In the sentences of beheading (3) and hanging (1), crimes other than witchcraft were also involved.Survey of Scottish Witchcraft, School of History and Classics, Edinburgh University

Twist by Pauline McGee

© Pauline McGee

Pauline and I share a distinctive collaboration. The painting portrays victims of the Scottish witch-finding times and the abuse of the accused. A poet absorbs the image and reacts. The big word is Ekphrasis, we call it #fuse-the-muse.

If you want to hear the poem, read by Mac Logan, you’ll find a link below.

Comments most welcome.

TWIST

Slim hands…

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Are we the Same Today? Horrors of the Scottish Witch-finding

…one of my finest pals is Mac Logan, an author and poet of great perspicuity (insight, Mabel… insight)… he’s not averse to dabbling in alternative ways to express himself… and recently did a sort of ‘joined-up’ thingy with the inspiration of an artist’s work with his ability to produce poetry that merges with it… I think it’s remarkable… be sure to click on the full post and follow the Sound Cloud rendition by Mac himself… see what yeez think:

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What happens when a Scots artist and a Scots poet fuse the muse?

Scottish Witch Finding

Undergrowth a Tangled Weed© Pauline McGee 2011

This is the second effort of a distinctive collaboration between painter and poet. As in the first, TWIST, the painting portrays victims of the Scottish witch-finding times and their abuse. A poet responds to the artwork, absorbing the image and reacting. Comments most welcome.

Poet’s Eye

Studying the painting, my eye is drawn top left. I see an arm and face struggling, underwater. I recall the ducking chair and it’s use.

Towards the bottom of the work the calm, poker faces of the victims (see first two lines), hands holding back from clasping mouths in horror … Evil people have their way when good folk do nothing.

If you want to hear this poem read, follow the link at the bottom of the post.

Tangled Weed

Stay brave. Make sure those brutes can never see

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…Gallacher’s Travels… (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)… Part VI… Edinburghinium (Continued even more)…

…during Part III (Glasgowinium) of this Whirlwind Magical Mystery Tour of scribbly pals, I mentioned one of the great people who managed to spend time with this ol’ Jurassic in the Millennium Hotel was Author, Frank Muir… he and I agreed we fitted right into that peculiar breed of smashing folks whom, ‘I’ve only just met yeez, but I’ve known yeez for a hundred years’… fast forward to this Part VI in the travels, and up it pops again, this time in Enbra… in the not inconsiderable presence of Mac Logan (he of the excellent  ‘Angel’s Share’ crime thriller series)…

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…he was the man who broke my Skype virginity about two years ago, an accomplishment in itself worthy of note given my utter frugality in gadgetry communication nous… he loomed large on the Skype screen, but that understated the size of the man’s welcome to me in our capital city… how can yeez not LUV a guy who gets up well before even the larks have put the alrm clocks to ‘snooze’ for another ten minutes, and clambers into a bus in the depths of East Scotland…. his early morning bus tour took almost two hours to reach my hotel… little wonder then, that between us, considerable damage was done to the  Caledonian Hotel’s buffet breakfast spread… we segued from there across to barThe Angel’s Share Hotel and Bar (how’s that, fellow-writers—having  a Hotel and Bar with the same name as yer novels!)angel book… the ensuing hours vanished in a flash as we sorted out the WURLD’s ailments from Cairo to Cowdenbeath, Prague to Pittenweem, and Toronto to Tillicoultry… like we were catching up on a lifetime of stories and experience., which of course, was precisely what we were doing… and yes, Mac, I have known yeez for a hundred years… looking forward to the next trip … see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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Seumas Gallacher Uncovers the Global Financial Markets “Con Trick”

Mac Logan and I see eye to eye on the mess the WURLD’s financiers have landed us in…

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Good for the Soul?

Seumas Gallagher This is a guest post by best selling author Seumas Gallacher. He’s worth a read. Click on the photos for a link to his site.

Let me ’fess up, right out of the blocks, I worked in the finance and banking industry for the major part of my professional career. I’m aware I may sound like a ‘bleeding deacon’ with some of my ensuing comments, but who cares… I’ll tell it as I feel it and see it.

Outrageous

My view of the global banking industry over the past ten to fifteen years moved from simple embarrassment to downright outrage. In the early 1960s when I entered a Scottish bank as an apprentice bank clerk, things were radically different: getting a personal loan of ten pounds sterling entailed a whole series of tough questions about the ability to pay back. Yet when money was deposited to any…

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