Mapping Scotland in Poetry

4 Jul
Colin Will as host: photograph by Helena Fornells Nadad

Colin Will as host: photograph by Helena Fornells Nadad

We all know poems about Scotland but can the shape and nature of Scotland be drawn entirely in poetry? StAnza has set itself the challenge to see if this is the case. This year at StAnza 2014 we launched our project for the Year of Homecoming Scotland to map Scotland in Poetry. It began with a great fanfare, and unveiled at the event was our specially designed extremely non-digital map to serve our purpose.

Colin with the map, Lindsay Macgregor with the poem: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

Colin with the map, Lindsay Macgregor with the poem: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

The launch was an open event so before the festival we invited people to contact us proposing poems which had a specific Scottish location. We had a fine response from a wide range of people offering to read either one of their own poems, or a poem by a friend, or occasionally an older poem out of copyright, so we were spoiled for choice.

On the day, Colin Will and Andy Jackson delivered a wonderful double act hosting the event with wit and charm, Andy taking care of introductions and Colin in charge of the map pins. Surprise contributions included an appearance by Fife’s Provost, Jim Leishman, resplendent in his chains of office, who read one of his own poems set in Glasgow, and two digital contributions Skyped in from a couple of faces familiar to StAnza regulars, at the end of an internet connection in Ross-shire and Assynt.

Mandy Haggith: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

Mandy Haggith: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

Other readers included some of this year’s festival participants, some of the StAnza team, and a host of other poets. Judith Taylor brought the launch to an upbeat conclusion with a poetic tribute to her home town, “Moments in the Great History of Coupar Angus”.

Judith Taylor: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

Judith Taylor: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

Others who read include: Nalini Paul, Eveline Pye, Ian Blyth, Peter Jarvis, Angela Topping, Lindsay Macgregor, Lorna Carruth, Diana Lewis, Ellen McAteer, Lyn Moir, Mandy Haggith and Roderick Manson.

And now it’s time to continue the mapping exercise. We invite submissions of poems which have a specific Scottish location, whether named in the poem or not, and we’ll post a selection of these on our Blog and place a pin for each of them on our map. We hope eventually to have a map completely covered in pins from coast to coast, from north to south, east to west, highlands, borders, towns, cities, villages, mountains, lochs and rivers, beaches, firths and islands, rocks and reservoirs. If you’d like to contribute to this project, here are the details.

Please email us a copy of your proposed poem with a note of its location with enough detail on that for us to pin it on the map, and the name of the poet. In your email please confirm either that it is your own poem and you grant us permission to post it on this Blog, or that you have permission from the poet or publisher, or that the poem is out of copyright (copyright lasts until 70 years after the poet’s death, or the date of first publication of the poem, whichever is the later).

And at the end of the project, we’ll publish a full list of the poems submitted and photographs of the full map. At least we hope it will be a full map, but we need your help with that. So please send your poems to info@stanzapoetry.org, preferably pasted into the body of your email, and at this stage, no more than one poem per poet/submission, thanks.

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25 Responses to “Mapping Scotland in Poetry”

  1. ruthaylett July 5, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Email to what address please?

  2. Dorothy Baird July 5, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    Sounds a great idea – when does the project end?

    • stanzapoetry July 5, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      It was conceived as a project for 2014, so it won’t end until at least 31st December. After that, well, we’ll see what might come next.

  3. yvonnemarjot July 5, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Hello – can you confirm the email address for submissions? I can’t see it for looking.

  4. angelatopping July 5, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Reblogged this on Angela Topping and commented:
    I loved reading my poem at the launch of this excellent project, and it’s not just for Scottish poets. Do send some if you have them.

  5. Shelton Browder July 7, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Bardachd ‘sa Ghàidhlig cuidheachd?

    • stanzapoetry July 9, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Yes. Poems in any languages can be submitted, with or without translation into English.

  6. amarriage July 9, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Please could you tell me whether this is the correct email address for sending poems for the Mapping Scotland in Poetry project?

    Alwyn

    http://www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn.htm http://alwynmarriage.wordpress.com

    • stanzapoetry July 9, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Yes, Alwyn, the one given in the post above is the correct email address.

  7. direcleit July 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on e-poetry/d-lights and commented:
    Not strictly ePoetry, so maybe I should mention Infused https://www.infused.today/ as a possibility for making the final map accessible online?

    • stanzapoetry July 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      Well, anyone who subscribes to our blog can get an email message to tell them each time we post another poem on the map, so that’s a bit e …

    • stanzapoetry July 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks, all suggestions for what else we can do with all the poems submitted are very welcome

      • coastcard August 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

        Can we submit a previously published poem if we hold the copyright, please?

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