Christine De Luca

(1947 / Shetland)

Christine De Luca
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Christine de Luca, née Pearson, is one of the foremost contemporary poets in Scotland. Her work has appeared in journals worldwide and she has read at many literary festivals, both in the UK and abroad. She grew up in Waas (Walls) in Shetland, the daughter of the headmaster of Happyhansel School, Sandy Pearson. After studying in Edinburgh, De Luca worked in education for many years. She now lives in Edinburgh.
In 1996 she won the Shetland Literary Prize with her first poetry collection 'Voes & Sounds'. In 1999 her second collection 'Wast Wi Da Valkyries' also won the Shetland prize. A third collection, 'Plain Song', was launched in Shetland and Edinburgh in 2002. It is accompanied by a ... more »

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A Little Nap Rap

A little nap rap
When I got home one evening
to my cosy living room
I found a squirrel at my table
and a hedgehog with a broom.

A fox switched on the hoover,
beat my doormat with his tail,
while the squirrel did the kitchen
with a mophead and a pail.

The squirrel was all prickly
and the hedgehog had a tail,
the fox was dressed in tartan
while her coat hung on a nail.

The squirrel used the pulley
as trapeze, from side to side;
the fox slid down the banister,
the hedgehog did a glide.

My floor was very shiny
and ...

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