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.