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Walking With Poets is an exciting residency opportunity for four poets. The project involves setting up poetry residencies at the four Gardens of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh; Benmore, Argyll; Dawyck, Scottish Borders; and Logan, Dumfries & Galloway), as well as at Cove Park.
The residencies are designed by the RBGE and the Scottish Poetry Library to provide an exceptional opportunity for poets to immerse themselves in these magnificent environments and share their awareness, their practice, and their vision of nature with communities around Scotland and the world.
Four poets have been selected via an open call application process, and each will have a month long writing and walking residency at their assigned garden, as well as a fortnight’s residency at Cove Park. The project was launched to coincide with the celebration of John Muir’s birthday on 21 April, and the residencies are scheduled to take place throughout 2013. The poets are Sue Butler (Benmore), Mandy Haggith (Edinburgh), Jean Atkin (Logan), and Gerry Loose (Dawyck). A closing event will be held at RGBE on St Andrew’s Day 2013.
The Scottish Poetry Library is working with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to host four month-long residencies with poets who will enrich the public’s encounters with nature. This project has been made possible thanks to:
Year of Natural Scotland funding from Creative Scotland, and additional support from the Big Give and Cove Park.