Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Cove Park.. Each of us will have a month long writing and walking residency at our assigned Scottish Botanic garden, as well as a fortnight’s residency later on at Cove Park.
This fantastic opportunity has come about through the first aim of the Scottish Poetry Library: 'bringing people and poems together', and most appropriately, etched into the flagstone at the entrance to the Library, Patrick Geddes's words 'by leaves we live'.
We will each work from an iPad (and yes, this is also rather exciting for me) for the duration of our residency, with which to contribute regularly to an online blog Walking With Poets, with photographs, poems and observations from the garden. We'll run writing workshops and guided walks for various age groups during our stay in the garden, providing endless opportunity for sharing the wonders of these extraordinary places with the people who come along.
From the start I've been madly obsessed with Logan Botanic Garden. After 12 years living in Dumfries and Galloway I know it fairly well, and have always loved visiting it. Because it's so strange - an exotic garden in the warm Gulf Stream, perched on the long, thin, green peninsula of the Rhins, at the very edge of Scotland, lapped by the seas.
of the old castle of Balzieland, said to have burned down at the end of the fifteenth century.
At the thought of waking up there, early on an August morning, my fingers itch for a notebook.