Building Our Islands - March 2017
I was extremely honoured to have my poetry accompanying a Hebridean land and sea film by Jim Hope in a projection at the Boatman’s Tower opposite Bayhead in Stornoway as part of the ‘Building our Islands’ illuminations in the town on Saturday 25th March 2017.
There were three venues participating in the events; The Nicolson Institute & the Boatman’s Tower in Stornoway, and the Girnal at Rodel, Harris, and all three have connections with my family.
My cousin Alma taught music at the ‘Nici’, my grandfather John Kerr was born 142 years ago that month just across the water from the Boatman’s Tower at 11 Bayhead, and my cousin Angus Kerr was the farm manager at Rodel in the latter years of the 19thC.
The short video below gives a flavour of the illuminations and lantern parades.
I was thrilled and delighted to be invited to be guest poet at the inugural STORNOWORDS poetry event in my grandfather's home town of Stornoway.
" I sat and listened to you last night and I was walking the machair, the traigh mhòr, through old graveyards, abandoned shielings, listening to the call of the lapwing, the ghostly laughter of lives long passed, until the sun set and I could watch the stars wheel in a dark hebridean night. Loved your words, your delivery and the way you drew us all into your world."
Read a full review of the STORNOWORDS evening here.
Stornoway Port Authority - 150th Anniversary
2015 - Stornoway Ferry Terminal
One of my photographs, 'Ripples' on display.
StAnza 2015 - An Archipelago of Poems
Wed 4 Mar - Sun 8 Mar
The Byre Theatre, Abbey St - and around town.
As part of the Archipelago of Poetry theme for StAnza 2015 ,my poem Caolas na Hearadh (Sound of Harris) from the poetry map of Scotland will feature in a free digital installation and on postcards available for purchase from the StAnza Desk. It will also be in a shop window in St Andrews.
Paper Boats - North to South
2016 - Throughout the Western Isles.
I am delighted to be the 'Outer Hebrides HQ' for this fun and exciting project by renowned Scottish artist Joanne B Kaar.
She has had 1500 sheets of A4 paper printed to make attractive wee paper boats and I have 250 of them to make and then distribute in public places throughout the islands.
Finders are asked to contact Jo who will log, and map, all the finds together with stories of the sea.
More details on the project can be found on the dedicated website:
Just StAnza (II)
Tue 18 Aug - 4pm-5pm
St John's Episcopal Church, Princes St,
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ
"Our first Festival Director, Brian Johnstone heads the list of poets reading at this event, where he'll be joined by two StAnza colleagues, Julia Prescott and Robin MacKenzie. We're also delighted that they'll be joined by several poets who have contributed to StAnza's Poetry Map of Scotland who will each read their poem from the map, including Adam V. Cheshire, Colin Bartie, Peter Kerr, Keith Parker and Elizabeth Rimmer."