Look to the living, love them, and hold on…
February 15, 2010
This was the line projected onto Edinburgh Castle for Valentine’s Day, part of our Carry a Poem Campaign and one of a series of projections around the city.
The line comes from Douglas Dunn‘s poem ‘Disenchantments’, and we chose these words because, as our Robyn put it, ‘they say that love endures, just like the Castle rock’. We headed over there on Sunday evening to spy on the passing hordes, and it was lovely to find many people – couples, families, gangs and all – stopping for a look. We took the opportunity to hand out our poetry pocket cards to spread a little poetry love; it was especially fun – as the cold and our hysteria increased – to give bearded men Lear’s ‘There was an Old Man with a Beard’, or couples out on a Valentine’s Eve stroll Adrian Mitchell’s wonderful ‘Celia Celia’.
Some lovely words of feedback included: ‘It’s made my Sunday’; ‘it’s the best thing we’ve seen all year’, and ‘it certainly made me shake off the chillies’. We phoned Douglas, who couldn’t make it through to see his name in lights, and he was pleased to hear it looked fab.
Did you see it? What did you think? And if not, fear not: our paparazzo Chris Scott was on hand to capture the image for you. With major thanks to Justin and Chris of Northern Light for making the projection happen, braving the cold, and letting us, for the briefest of moments, turn the letters pink.