Projects

 

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Balgray Reservoir, East Renfrewshire;writing and art sessions with children and adults as part of the public consultation process for the development of a walkway around the reservoir. With erz, Studio Alec Finlay, and Bespoke Atelier, 2018

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Wild City Glasgow, ‘walkshops’ – walks and writing activities – with children, school pupils and adults, exploring the wild within the city. With Studio Alec Finlay, and the Walking Library, 2018

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Come Down the Mile, a 90-minute walk for the  Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with poems about the festivals, pageants and ceremonies in the city by authors including Robert Fergusson, Carolina Oliphant and Robert Louis Stevenson, 2017

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What is a tree?, twelve poems on trees growing in the park, presented on botanical labels, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, 2016

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Crailing Pomona
, three-line poems about varieties of apple and pear trees in the orchard, presented on botanical labels, Crailing Community Orchard, near Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, 2016

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Curved Stream: eight contemporary artists
at Traquair House, Scottish Borders, with Andrew Mackenzie, Paul Keir et al; I presented Dea Silvarum, a poetry walk in the gardens, and an annotated print of the poems in one of the garden pavilions, 2015

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The Merkinch Circles
, Inverness, with Mary Bourne; Phase 2 of River Connections, working with a group of Merkinch residents writing circle poems for stone carvings within the new flood defences, 2015

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Living Voices 2: training care home staff in Perth & Kinross to use poetry, song and storytelling in their work. A project organised by Scottish Poetry Library & Scottish Storytelling Centre, 2015

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Castle Garden of Water to Beyond
: a blog about monthly visits I made to the Japanese Garden, Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh with invited friends during 2014

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Falkland Palace Willow Labyrinth: a commission from the National Trust for Scotland for a poem for a bench at the centre of a newly planted labyrinth in the palace orchard, written after walks and workshops with local nursery, primary and secondary school children, and adults, 2014

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River Connections, Inverness: poems about the River Ness and its huge catchment area for the new flood defences, with sculptor Mary Bourne, 2014

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Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time
‘a tour guided by fiction’ in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, with Artlink Edinburgh & Lothians, 2014

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with Studio Alec Finlay; a series of memorial walks held at National Trust properties in England & Wales to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, 2014

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Walking Poets: Wordsworth and Basho,
a commission from the Wordsworth Trust which resulted in While yet we may, a book and a set of cards, exhibited at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Lake District, 2014

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Out of Books 
with Alec Finlay, a series of readings and guided walks in locations visited by Boswell & Johnson on their ‘tour’ of 1773, focusing on books they read, quote from and critique en route, 2013 / 2016

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Living Voices 1: monthly sessions using poetry, song and storytelling with care home residents in Perth & Kinross; project organised by Scottish Poetry Library & Scottish Storytelling Centre, 2013/14

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Wallflower | Flora MuriCallendar Park, Falkirk; with the Park Gallery and Studio Alec Finlay; making a new work for the park with the Park Gallery’s ‘Youth Ambassadors’, 2013

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Shadows of our Ancestors 2012: Seven Hills
, walks and poems linking Edinburgh and the Antonine Wall for an event on World Heritage Day, 2012

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Forty Couplets, workshops with staff and patients and writing texts to be installed in a new Aberdeen hospital building; with Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and Studio Alec Finlay, 2012

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Bolton One, with ~in the fields; writing texts relating to the town’s industrial heritage (spinning and weaving) as part of a public art commission for this new education, leisure and health centre, 2012

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