At the end of January this year Albert Thomson of the Shoemaker Incorporation, who already has three history books and one Armorial Register to his name, released his first book of poetry entitled Obsidian Tears and other Poems.

The book consists of 66 pages of poetry with a foreword by Sheena Blackhall, Makar (Poet Laureate) for Aberdeen and North-East Scotland.

Albert said “I began writing poetry in 1980 with lengthy periods of inactivity. That changed during lockdown and I have been quite active since then. I decided to publish the book to raise money for Ukrainian refugees forced to leave their homes as a result of war. Many of their stories are harrowing: there are over 2,000 Ukrainians in Aberdeen, mainly women and children, having left their husbands and fathers back home defending their country.”

The book is available to purchase at £7.50 plus postage and packaging and can be obtained by contacting Albert by email at

Well done Albert Thomson for supporting such an important cause.

Albert Thomson

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