Poetry and music from Upper Coquetdale

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Coquet Ramblings

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James Tait grew up listening to his hill-farming father speaking in the old Cheviot hills tongue; a tongue which has, inevitably become diluted as the world has become a smaller place. James has heard how his Great-Grandmother, born in  the Cheviot hills, spoke rather like Chaucer. Although James does not consider his accent to be as strong as his Dad's, the words and their sometimes peculiar syntax, have always lurked, he says, at the back of his mind, which is why the poems seem to flow very easily from his pen.

James is also a qualified teacher. In recent years, he has been employed seasonally by the Rothbury Music Festival committee and the Northumbrian Language Society, to enter schools and work with children to produce dialect poems for the Rothbury Music Festival and Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering competitions respectively. In 2013, this was picked up on by Countryfile, who came to Barrowburn farm to interview James and his Dad.

James currently works as a self-employed musician and teacher of piano and guitar, however, his poetry is a great hobby and he is often being asked to give lectures and public recitals of his poems.

A selection of James’ poetry has been published in this book, Coquet Ramblings. In all, the book contains thirty-six poems.

Listen to James reading some of his poems on the “Somethin in the Watta” CD by clicking here.