Angus Shoor Caan is a one man limerick factory – he contributes almost daily to the Scots Language Forum with a limerick… here’s a recent example:
She floats ma boat
She gets ma goat
She hauds ma haun'
She keeps me gaun'
She's gote ri lote.
I guess it’s what he does to limber up creatively in the morning, afternoon, evening or whenever the whim tak’s him. And then he gathers a’ his wee thochts n’ poems the gither an’ puts them intae a wee buik. Mony wee buiks.
And we’re noo at Coont Thum Five. It’s sort of like a McRenegades version of ‘Now that’s what I call Music…’ and who knows how mony he’ll run tae. I look forward to announcing Coont Thum A Hunner… come on Angus, get workin’!
So – if you want to find out more about Angus’ unique poetic gift… an’ then some… here’s the blurb which has been chuffin’ roon the internet the past few days. Angus wis sae busy gettin’ his buik oot there he forgoat tae tip us the wink, which is why we’re a few days late tae the party (knuckles rapped Angus!)
The limerick is thought to take its name from the City of Limerick in Eire. It became popular in the mid-nineteenth century after the London-born poet Edward Lear published his Book of Nonsense. So it’s a type of poem named after an Irish city and it was first popularised by an Englishman. But what do you call a limerick that’s been written by a Scotsman? Why, a McLimerick, of course!
Coont Thum Five is a collection of over 200 McLimericks. They’ve all been penned by the Ayrshire writer and poet Angus Shoor Caan as a follow-up to his earlier collections of McLimericks, Coont Thum, Coont Thum Again, Still Coontin' and Four Hunner an' Coontin'.
In true Scots fashion, the McLimericks in all five collections are witty, irreverent and sometimes bawdy. In fact, we at McStorytellers, the website dedicated to showcasing the work of Scottish-connected short story writers, were so tickled by them that we rushed to publish them. We hope you’ll be tickled by them as well.
So please delve into Coont Thum Five. And if you like what you read go grab copies of those earlier collections.
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