On Tuesday 23rd June I had the privilege of taking part in a ceremony at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to mark the 50th anniversary of the city’s twinning with Edinburgh.
The Lord Provost, in kilt and full regalia, was the main guest of the Mayor. A framed bilingual copy of my commissioned poem Soil, Sea and Soul was presented to the Mayor. There were Scottish bagpipes and Italian brass! Later we enjoyed a delicious Scottish-Italian meal prepared by Edinburgh chef Paul Wedgwood.