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.