The Belfast Telegraph reports that “Rhyming Weavers & Other Country Poets Of Antrim And Down”, published by The Blackstaff Press is to be reisssued with a new foreword by Tom Paulin at Â£7.99.Preserving the local words and customs of rural life. With Industrialisation of the weaving industry this way of life was lost, but thankfully the great John Hewitt left us a record.
To A Hedgehog, Samuel Thomson :
“Thou grimmest far o’ gruesome tykes
Grubbing thy food by thorny dykes,
Gudefaith, thou disna want for pikes
Baith sharp an’ rauckle;
Thou looks (Lord save’s) array’d in spikes,
A creepin’ heckle….”