A Deeside poet has published his latest book of verse and, once again, given a chunk of his earnings away to help a local charity.
Sandy Donaldson’s latest collection of poetry, titled: Here Again, by Sandy “Jist as he spicks himsell,” has already sold close to 300 copies.
Already sold out at the Finzean Farm Shop and Yeado’s Banchory, the book is enjoying successful initial sales.
Currently recovering from a heart operation, the 83-year -old bard presented a cheque for £400 to Peter Hall of The Visually Impaired Group in Banchory, bringing his charitable donations from his book sales to almost £2500 since he first put pen to paper.
The charity provides people with the opportunity to socialise with others experiencing visual impairment and take part in a variety of activities.
A poet for the love of writing, not financial gain, Sandy said: “There’s always someone who can benefit from a bit of kindness. It’s local people who buy my books so, if I can help out, I will.”
Sandy first put pen to paper in pursuit of poetry after retiring as ‘head of works’ on the Royal Family’s Balmoral estate, where he oversaw the maintenance and upkeep of the Queen’s Scottish retreat.
Drawing inspiration from wherever it struck, Sandy’s work often mentions his Royal employers with a warmth and fondness that could only come from one who knew them, Sandy even had the privilege of dancing with the Queen.
Sandy said: “By God she can dance.”
His work is part of the great oral tradition of poetry, with the distinct tones and dialect of the region accentuating a unique insight into North-east life as well as highlighting it’s history, culture and landscape.
Already six poems into his next volume, Sandy’s recent hospitilisation provided some of the inspiration,
Here Again, contains 36 poems and is available from Yeadon’s, Finzean Farm Shop, Ballater Book shop and B A stores.