Ann MacKinnon was born in Fife but now lives in Balloch with her husband. Her poems have been widely published in places such as Northwords, Chapman, Lallans, Northern Renewal, and The Herald, and have won several poetry competitions including the Scottish Association of Writers’ Dorothy Dunbar Trophy.
Ann was a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers’ Award for Scots poetry in 2014. Nae Flooers – a powerful, sparse and moving collection of poems – is the result of her work from that year.
Nae Flooers was shortlisted for the 2016 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.
The lassie pits the denty chiny cup
atween us on the blue baird-claith.
I fummle it tae ma moo, ma muckle nieve
makin a hash o the practick whiles
ye haud it fair pernickety-like.
Aince oor haunds wid hae met
but noo thon blue claith is an ocean
that pairts us.
We sit on oor ain shore,
at odds wi yin anither.
I lang tae cleik haunds aince mair
but aw ye dae is heist yer cup tae me
like a scoll an I hae nae wirds.