Here’s a project I worked on with Kyra Pollitt (translator) and David Bell (kinetic typographer) to translate a British Sign Language (BSL) poem by Gary Quinn firstly into a poem in English and then into a kinetic version. The final piece, called The Stars are a Map I Unfurl, also features a version of the poem in Shetlandic. All these creative interpretations are based on the epic solo voyage of Gerry Hughes who is profoundly deaf.
You can read more about the project on the Scottish Poetry Library’s Website.
Huge thanks to The City of Edinburgh Council who hosted an excellent reception to welcome me as Edinburgh’s new Makar. I’m the fourth Makar, following Stewart Conn, Valerie Gillies and, most recently, Ron Butlin.
ITV Scotland’s News ran a wee report on the event, as did the Edinburgh Evening News: