The subject of Home has been on my mind of late. The Homecoming programme enabled StAnza to bring poets with Scottish connections to St Andrews from all parts of the world, so I’ve got very positive feelings about it. When I was planning my workshop programme for Moray’s book festival – Get Moray Reading – I decided to use ‘home’ within two of them. For the adult group, in Elgin Library, the theme was ‘No Place Like Home’. This gave us the opportunity to explore what home means to us; how it shifts through the years as we move and change, and how relationships form an integral part of the experience of home. It turned out to be a very interesting and productive workshop. Home means different things to different people. The following day at Buckie Community High School I set the theme of ‘Away From Home’, and I was inspired by the work of the pupils in interpreting it. Again I suggested three 4-line sections, one on the apprehension and uncertainty of moving away from home; one on the excitement and anticipation of the move, and the third on the personal side – family, friends and other contacts. Between each section I read examples of poems exploring the different emotions. Plus I had brought along a variety of objects I had collected on my own travels – a prayer wheel from Lhasa, a stone from Shetland.
- Stepping down April 29, 2017
- Past and Present March 7, 2017
- Ian Hamilton Finlay, Little Sparta and other matters February 18, 2017
- An Epiphany January 29, 2017
- The trouble with phones January 20, 2017