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Treasure 108: Local Studies Poetry Collection
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Treasure 108: Local Studies Poetry Collection

Historic Documents
Léa Moreau
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Treasure 108: Local Studies Poetry Collection
Historic Documents
Treasure 108: Local Studies Poetry Collection
One of our treasures this month is the Local Studies poetry collection.

In terms of treasures it might be thought of as a large golden casket filled with sparkling jewels -each one representing a book of poetry and a veritable treasure in its own right. In common with the rest of the Local Studies collection the main qualification for the inclusion of a particular work is that there should be a local connection. The poet may live/have lived locally or have written about the local area. As might be imagined this has led to the acquisition of a large and varied body of work.

It would be impossible to cover every poet and so a selection has been made. A number of famous, lesser known, male and female poets have been included and hopefully this may give a flavour of what is held within the collection. In "The Bards of Bon Accord" by William Walker the author describes a long tradition of poetry writing in Aberdeen and the Northeast dating back to the 14th century, with poets often writing in old Scots. This tradition continues today with modern poets like Sheena Blackhall and Douglas Kynoch writing both in English and their native dialect popularly known as the Doric.

To learn more about this fascinating collection, have a browse in the Treasures from our Collections interactive exhibition.
Aberdeen Local Studies
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