Imaginary, mythic characters, larger than life, attractive and scary, loom eerily (the Njuggle and the Trowie, for example). But most of the all it’s the lonely landscapes that call, the far northern places where the poet encounters herself. In Steekit StimnaOnly the intense blue / of lochs, the long voes, / skies so pale they are transparent…”

Where else but the Shetlands could you juggle with place names like “the Peerie, the Muckle, / the Mid Heads – Yesness”, “the Kirn o’ Scroo“, and “the jagged fins of the Slithers”?

Here is a poet whose work flouts any ordinary expectations.” Helena Nelson

FLOUT Reviews:

A strong and focused debut.” – Scottish Review of Books.

“Flout, if it is not a dance, should be one. These poems dance. I swear I could feel the movement throughout. Flout is unusual, deep, musical, beautiful, and above all, true. There’s no posturing – just a real voice saying sometimes unreal things. It’s rare to see a chapbook so much at one with itself and its world.” –  Enda Coyle-Greene

I’ve chosen the poem “The Njuggle” from Stephanie’s pamphlet –  (a “demon water horse or pony found in Shetland and Orkney folklore”.) … the use of transformation in poetry is one I’m interested in at the minute … I’ve been reading so much Ovid recently, I can’t help thinking of it when I read this poem.” –  Kim Moore

Extract from Kim Moore’s Blog. For more see https://kimmoorepoet.wordpress.com/tag/stephanie-green/

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Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green is English/Irish, born in Sussex and has lived in Edinburgh since 2000, via Wales where she lived for 15 years and became a fluent Welsh speaker. Her most recent pamphlet Flout, published by HappenStance, 2015, is inspired by Shetland landscape, folklore and culture. It comes out of her love of remote places with a different culture to her own. She has had several drama/documentary scripts, including one on the Partition of India, broadcast on BBC Schools, Radio.
She enjoys collaborations, particularly with artistes from different cultures. The Indonesian composer Sharon Marisa Hartanto set The Child of Breckon Sands to music and it was performed by the mezzo-soprano Alison Wells at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, 2013. Her latest collaboration is with the sound artiste, Sonja Heyer, “an aural walk” of poetry and sound, Berlin Umbrella which is to be performed in Berlin (possibly 2017). It deals with the geology, geography and history connected to the river Spree motivated by a desire for post-war reconciliation between Britain and Germany. Her work-in-progress is a poetry sequence inspired by her mother’s family history as refugees from the Irish Civil War (in the 1920s). A former English and Drama teacher, she has taught Creative Writing for many years to all levels and English as a second language with immigrants from Bangladesh. She also works part-time as a Theatre and Dance reviewer and has travelled the world in this capacity, most memorably to Cheliabinsk, The Urals, Russia and Bali. For Scottish PEN she has volunteered at the Scottish Refugee Council in Glasgow, helping refugees to write their experiences. In 2017 she has been selected by the Clipperton Project as poet in residence (on board a ship) sailing round the Faroes researching island issues such as ecology and migration.