Chrissie's Bodle. Discovering Orkney's Forgotten Writer Christina M. Costie.

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In this book, Dr. Ragnhild Ljosland explores the life and writing of this remarkable Orkneywoman who has been overlooked compared to her friends and fellow writers George Mackay Brown and Robert Rendall. Christina Costie often uses Orkney¿s oral storytelling culture as her vantage point and her writing is a treasure trove for those interested in folklore, old customs and beliefs. At the same time, Christina Costie¿s strong compassion allowed her to write truly moving poems and stories about Orkney life. Writing mainly in the 1940s and 50s, she embraced the idea of writing in the Norn and Scots amalgam which makes the Orkney dialect unique.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKirkwall
PublisherThe Orcadian
Number of pages148
ISBN (Print)978-1-902957-43-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Orkney literature
  • Scottish studies
  • Women's literature
  • Orkney and Shetland Studies
  • Scottish cultural studies


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