I have always found poetry to be such an amazingly evocative use of language, sometimes just by its very sparseness. Sometimes the very few words like.. can capture a moment or an idea far better than even the most powerful prose or much manipulated soundbites. That's why I set up and still convene the group dedicated to Poetry in St Andrews garden following an inspired idea by Fay Young.
This group, made up of people like the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Scottish Poetry Library, the City of Literature, the Edinburgh City centre Management company and many more, will be promoting poetry in as many ways as possible in the Garden. The first project is to put poetry on the walls and the napkins of the Coffee Republic outlet in the Garden. They have kindly agreed not only to do this but to pay for it.
There will be much more to come and I look froward to the new Makar being part of the project as his predecessor Valerie Gillies