Scotland’s butterfly

It’s the morning after and Scotland’s butterfly couldn’t fly high enough.

Andrew Mac via Bella Caledonia
Andrew Mac via Bella Caledonia

Christine de Luca’s poem The morning after is available in full on the Scottish Poetry Library site and ends:

We’re a citizenry of bonnie fighters,
a gathered folk; a culture that imparts,
inspires, demands a rare devotion,
no back-tracking; that each should work
and play our several parts to bring about
the best in Scotland, an open heart.

By leaves we live: Scottish Poetry Library


About 18 months ago I started Glasgow Library Tweetups and we’re now coming up to GLTU10! Not only that, GLTU now has a small sibling in Edinburgh and I was pleased to be able to go to ELTU1 earlier this week. The Scottish Poetry Library, which tweets as @byleaveswelive, is housed in the Old Town, but in an award-winning modern building. Staff Julie and Colin were very welcoming and we learned a great deal about their unique collections and innovative use of social media to raise awareness of poetry. And of course, there was food and drink in a nearby establishment afterwards.

I’ve written the visit up fully on the GLTU blog so just a couple of points here. “By leaves we live” is a line from Patrick Geddes, and the oak leaf motif is repeated throughout the library. You can just about make it out in the paving in the picture above. Also displayed in the library are their three donations from the mysterious Edinburgh book sculptor:


This was actually the third time in as many weeks that I had come across some of her work. At the last bank holiday, we visited the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick which has a representation of Treasure Island:


And a couple of weeks ago, I visited Glasgow School of Art and saw their tribute to Alasdair Gray’s Lanark.:


I was at the School of Art to arrange GLTU10, which is a visit to the GSA Archives on 28th June – all welcome; just sign up on Eventbrite.