Poetry in Unusual Places: Part 3

9 Nov


Today I spent a beautiful autumn morning in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.  At the newly opened West Gate.  Among the many exhibitions is the Wych Elm Project.  The project takes a Wych Elm that used to grown in the gardens, and on display are some of the many beautiful pieces of furniture, musical instruments and even a yurt, which have all been made out of the one tree.

One of the exhibits are several off-cuts of the Elm, on with Susie Leiper, a calligrapher, has decorated the wood with excerpts from poems. The poems are

Twilight by Wang Bo

Shadows from the Greater Hill by Tessa Ransford

Spell of Creation, Northumbrian Sequence and The Moment by Kathleen Raine

Wych Elm by Valerie Gillies

The poems are complimented by a video shown in the yurt detailing the project and including Valarie Gillies reading from her own poem.  Well worth checking out.

2 Responses to “Poetry in Unusual Places: Part 3”

  1. Crafty Green poet November 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    this is a lovely exhibition isn’t it?

  2. alumpinthethroat November 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    It really is beautiful. I am lucky in that Susie has agreed to write a post about her work and how the poems that she chose to use – keep your eyes peeled, it shall hopefully be coming soon.

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