Poet Valerie Gillies Goes 'On the Hoof' on National Poetry Day

This year Falkirk Community Trust will be celebrating National Poetry Day (Thursday 8 October) with ‘On the Hoof’ an afternoon of poetry from Valerie Gillies and an exhibition of photography and poems at Grangemouth Library from 2pm to 4pm.

Valerie Gillies was Edinburgh’s Makar from 2005 to 2008. She is the author of nine collections of poetry and became know as ‘the river poet’ after following the Tweed and the Tay from source to sea. Her poetry is inspired by the relationship between spirit and landscape and by the elemental nature of Scotland. She is currently working on a collection of poems about the wells and springs of Scotland and her reading at Grangemouth Library will be accompanied by an exhibition of poems and photography taken along the Forth and Clyde Canal, by participants in the Walking with Words project.

Walking with Words is currently running over a four week period and is a partnership project between Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Libraries and Jan Bee Brown the libraries’ current Reader in Residence. It invites participants to snap, natter, tweet and twitter, hike and haiku on an hour’s walk along the Great Canal tracking the transformation of local canal communities.

Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “ In celebration of National Poetry Day and part of Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, On The Hoof with renowned poet Valerie Gillies is a truly wonderful event for Falkirk and I would encourage everyone to take part”

Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager Falkirk Community Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be able to celebrate National Poetry Day with internationally renowned poet Valerie Gillies. Her practice as a poet, recording our relationship with the land and its animals, is a wonderful addition to the work that Jan Bee Brown has been doing with us this year.”

Jan Bee Brown said:

“We have taken the posh out of poetry, on our walks, had great fun mixing words and images along Falkirk’s stunning canal paths”

Published on Thursday, 8th October 2015

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