'The Heuld Horn Rumpis’ is by the Orkney antiquarian and folklorist Walter Traill Dennison and was published in Kirkwall in 1880 in a collection called The Orcadian Sketch-book. This story is about a drunken dinner party, to which the Devil pays a visit.
The Heuld-Horn Rumpis
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Penny Fielding teaches English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh where she is also director of the project for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC). She has been visiting Orkney for many years but her interest in Northern Islands writing started when she was researching her book on the North in British Romanticism, Scotland and the Fictions of Geography: North Britain 1760-1830, and came across the work of the brilliant but neglected Shetland poet Margaret Chalmers. Penny has since then been collaborating with the Shetland Museum and Archives, resulting in the Writing the North project.
Pamela Beasant lives in Stromness, Orkney. She has been widely published as a poet and non-fiction writer, and was the first George Mackay Brown fellow in 2007, and the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poet Partner in Orkney in 2008-10. Publications and commissions include the poetry collections Running with a Snow Leopard (Two Ravens Press), Orkney; a Celebration of Light and Landscape (with photographer Iain Sarjeant), the biography Stanley Cursiter; a Life of the Artist, and anthologies 100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems (Luath, edited by Stewart Conn) and These Islands We Sing (Polygon, edited by Kevin MacNeil). Pamela has had three scripts performed at the St Magnus International Festival, for whom she is director of the Orkney Writers’ Course with co-tutor Jen Hadfield. Her play, Long Strides, was commissioned by the St Magnus International Festival and will be performed in 2013.