Poetry (garden) in motion


Launching Poetry in St Andrew Square two festivals ago.

Is this poetry in motion or poetry parked?  Either way, the Poetry Garden will bloom for a day in Castle Street on Friday 16th July between 10 am and 3pm, with the help of a mobile library, some potted plants – and of course the essential poetry.

In fact the Poetry Garden is rooted in St Andrew Square (where it was planted almost two years ago) but – Scottish summers being what they are – outdoor events can be a bit of a gamble.  So Friday’s Summer Reading/Poetry in Motion  has the great bonus of the mobile library van (thanks to Ian Kirkby and Jane Douglas from Edinburgh City Libraries Direct Services).

As  parking in the square can also be a bit of a problem Mike Gallagher of Essential Edinburgh suggested taking the van to Castle Street linking two of Edinburgh’s new public spaces managed by the city’s first Business Improvement District – and showing how streets can come to life when people make creative use of them.

With a little instant gardening (thanks to the horticulture team at the Botanics) and another inspired collection of poems handpicked by Lilias Fraser of the Scottish Poetry Library…how can anyone just walk on by?  You can even use your library card to take out a book from the van right there and then.


Friday 16 July, 10.30am-3pm
Mobile library van, Castle Street


One thought on “Poetry (garden) in motion”

  1. When I left Lilias in Castle Street (having collected pots of lavender and rosemary from Botanics) the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing.

    With luck the sun will shine on Poetry in Motion. But I am still taking my umbrella when I go back up there for lunch.

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