Monthly Archive: April 2015

Poetry and Business link

Ingrid Murray & Christine

Relaxing with Ingrid after recording the poem

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Who says poetry and business can’t mix?
I’ve recently been writing, with the help of local poet Ingrid Murray, a longish poem celebrating the Royal Mile as a vibrant business area. Here’s a snippet from the Lawnmarket section

On day 4, cross the Upper Bow, look north.
Tweed and dashing tartan; a caricature of us in
‘See You Jimmy’ hats and ‘gingerbread’ moustaches.

Here, Hume and Geddes consort with the Free Kirk
and there, a touch of former glory: Gladstone’s Land,
Makars’ Court. Rub shoulders with Deacon Brodie.

On day 5, look south. Kilts and cashmere, a nip or two.
Monarchs and nobles made this place their own.
James VI threw banquets in Riddell’s Court – a jewel.

On day 6, look north, Hume outside the High Court,
secrets in Mary King’s Close, slithers of skylines.
And, what a treat, neat shops: worth lingering.

The poem, which may yet appear in marketing mode, was commissioned by The Royal Mile Business Association (RMBA)

Tweet your Street! Poetry project for schools

I met with teachers to share plans for Tweet your Street, a fun poetry project for schools. They were game to get involved! Here they are, having just written ‘tweetable’ poems about their streets.
The children will be able to ‘pin’ their own poems to a computer-based map of the city, hosted on this website. The Central Library will also be involved.

Teacher write poems

Working with Teachers at a CPD session