Sandra Alland & Samuel Beckett

Blissful Times

Watching You Move

Rain Dialogue 2

Bfillssu Eimst

After Going Out 2

Looking Back

After the Phone Call

Sandra Alland is a Scottish-Canadian writer, multimedia artist and activist currently based in Edinburgh. She has published two books of poetry, Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan, 2004) and Blissful Times (BookThug, 2007). The latter contains 63 poetic, visual and sonic translations of text by Samuel Beckett, mainly from English to English. Sandra enjoys multimedia collaborations, and wrote and recorded the score for the sound poetry mini-ballet, Other Me (Scream Festival, with Alejandra Perez-Gomez and Megan Somerville). Sandra's other poems, stories, articles, installations, plays and photographs have been published and presented across Canada, the US, Mexico, Bermuda, England, Scotland and Spain.


Samuel Beckett (13 Apr 1906 - 22 Dec 1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. Beckett's work is stark and fundamentally minimalist. As a follower of James Joyce, Beckett is considered by many one of the last modernists; as an inspiration to many later writers, he is considered one of the first postmodernists. He is also considered one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called "Theatre of the Absurd". He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 "for his writing, which--in new forms for the novel and drama--in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation".