Elgin, marbles etc

The Scottish Poetry Library and Moray Libraries have asked me to be the Poet Partner for Moray (Elgin) for 2008/9. It involves working with the SPL’s poetry collection in Elgin, and elsewhere in Moray, running poetry reading groups, poetry workshops and performances as I set out to show that poetry can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. (If that sounds like a quote, it’s because it is.)

The ‘Poet Partner’ scheme has been set up by the Scottish Poetry Library as part of a three-year project to bring poetry to life in its outreach collections across Scotland, including Orkney (Pamela Beasant), Shetland (Jen Hadfield), Ayr (Rab Wilson), and Dumfries and Galloway (Vicki Feaver).

I wonder if I can get away with reading W N Herbert’s wonderful poem, Why the Elgin Marbles should be returned… to Elgin? In all seriousness, I love the area, and it’s not all that far from my ancestral homeland in Buchan – I’ll maybe get the chance to visit a few more graveyards while I’m there (everyone should have a hobby). The last time I did a workshop and reading in Elgin it was clear that many people here have a keen interest in poetry, and I’m looking forward to helping it develop.

I’ll say more about the project as the details are settled.

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About sunnydunny

Poet, publisher, gardener
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2 Responses to Elgin, marbles etc

  1. Purslane says:

    Do read the Herbert poem, and stand prepared for a Byronic retort from one of your listeners. I’d like to see Lord B land a punch on the damaged nose of Lord E, raising all sorts of post-Cleopatra proboscine questions. Is it, by the way, “buckin” or “byukan” or what? A Californian fan of “The 39 Steps” would like to know.

  2. Colin Will says:

    Neither of the above, purslane. The Scottish ‘ch’ is a sound like that of clearing the throat. It’s found in ‘loch, and most famously in “It’s a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht.” The district of Buchan is northern Aberdeenshire.

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