My This is a bit of a change from my usual blogpost, which is often my more article/prose/reflective writing, but I wanted to write a bit more about this and didn't want to clog up my home-page too much.
My most-performed poem is "Scotland the More", an ode to a country that let me be an artist. I remember writing it when I was living in student halls (during a bit of a rough patch) and rehearsing it in the scratched up mirror. I ended up re-drafting it when I got to Prague, I'm so proud of where this poem has gone: it's taught in schools, and even on one course at Glasgow University. In October, I'll be representing Scotland at the Transpoesie Festival in Brussels, where the poem will be projected behind me in translation behind the performance (you can read it in Dutch and French here). A section of the poem will also be displayed on Brussels metro system, in a project inspired by Poems on the Underground.
People often want to take this poem home with them, but I'm not published (yet!). Therefore, I decided to develop postcards and prints. As this poem tries to shake up Scotland's history, I found old prints and photographs in the public domain. These range from photographs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, to paintings of Macbeth in the Highlands and even some drawings of one of our unique animals: the Orkney vole!
I'm still developing them at the moment. My plan is to make them larger than normal postcards (all the better for writing down lots and lots on the back!) - this is so that they can be framed or displayed if people wish. I will still try to find a paper quality, however, that looks nice if framed but also lets people write on the back so they can be sent to friends. Prices will hopefully range from £5 to £7 for a packet of five, but if you're interested, send me an email. Until then, here's a sneak peek!