SPL are coming to a garden near you!
June 5, 2009
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for some sun tomorrow, donning our bright green bags and bringing some poetry action to greens and parks near you!
From 11am, Lilias and I will be found lounging poetically in Dalmeny Park at their Parklife community initiative, a sterling little corner of Leith Festival. You can expect to find us by the tea and scones gazebo, surrounded by more active endeavours, such as plant planting, basketball and football tournaments, skateboarding, ‘Park Portraits’, provided by the Portrait Gallery (pose for a 5 min portrait or draw your friends and neighbours in our open air studio. The resulting images will be used as source material for the forthcoming exhibition Rough Cut Nation : Remixed Scottish history, Street Art and Graffiti Culture 7-30 August Scottish National Portrait Gallery), a sax player and a children’s poster competition. We’ll have some browsable books, a load of poems, SPL print and winning smiles, so if you’re in that part of town, come and find us.
MEANWHILE! Up in the Meadows starting at 12noon, our Ryan in Residence will be presiding over proceedings in the Forest/Police Box stage at the Meadows Festival, and bringing a bit of poetry to the masses there too. Besides a packed line up of beats and tunes from Billy Liar, Hailey Beavis, The Tuberians, The (excellently named..) Byrons and others, there’ll be a ‘zine stall and beer! But and and and! From 2pm, and gosh this is very exciting, there’ll be Poetry Postcard & Poster Making workshop. They’ll provide the words (à la magnetic poetry) and help you screen print your own original poetry poster or post card! The Forest Screen Printing Expert will be on hand to help you make everything look beautiful. Lilias and I may not resist the temptation to head straight to that after our hard work reading poems and drinking tea in Dalmeny Park…
Bees, dogs and butterflies welcome to all of the above. See you there?