Bards at the Bookshop

Bards at the Bookshop







Wednesday 21 June 7.00 pm


KateKate Ashton is a writer and translator who lived in the Netherlands for nearly twenty-five years. While in northeast Friesland she made her home in each of two tiny adjoining villages where the old traditions and language were alive and well and in daily use. She wrote a book for each village, in tribute and in thanks. In 2003 she moved back to Scotland, but Friesland will always be her second home.     




 Bob Pegg is a storyteller, musician and writer who lives in Strathpeffer. He has travelled widely to perform, from London’s Royal Festival Hall to a Viking longhouse in Iceland. His recent books include the collections Highland Folk Tales and Argyll Folk Tales, both for The History Press.



Kate will read her translation of this poem and Bob will play music to complement the reading



The poem

This poem sequence entitled It Faderpaard by Tsjebbe Hettinga was inspired by an extraordinary Frisian thoroughbred horse bred by the poet’s farmer father. The foal, named Bernlef, grew into a majestic jet-black Frisian stallion whose refinement, dignity, intelligence and affection stole even his breeder’s pragmatic heart. The poet turned Bernlef’s memory into a eulogy to the timelessness of Nature’s truth, beauty and love.