Community poem in the creating

Poet in residence Gerry Loose is encouraging anyone interested to visit Dawyck and make a Renga on Monday morning.

The gardening scribe hopes many will join him on the last day of his residency at the Peeblesshire gardens for the collaborative Renga session based on the ancient Japanese art of poetry of love, the seasons, wildlife and plants. It starts at 11am.

“Numbers are dropping off with the colder weather but I hope people will come along.”

He said of his month-long visit: “It’s gone extremely well because I’ve managed to fulfil the role I was assigned, getting people enthusiastic about poetry. Some people are enthralled by the entire notion (of the poet in residence at Dawyck) and some people’s first reaction is amazement.”

Meanwhile, in the lead up to the collective poem, today will see the 65-year-old encouraging visitors to make poems from a plant’s point of view, at 11am before this afternoon’s drop in session.

Flag Day is tomorrow from 11am, when Gerry hopes poems knitted, woven, sewn, written or painted will be hoisted on trees and bushes

On Saturday artist Morven Gregor is holding Walking with Wilson and Wang Wei, inspired by traditional Chinese landscape painting and poetry, and the Victorian plant hunting expeditions of Ernest Wilson.

On Sunday visitors will be encouraged to make poems on birdlife, fold them into origami birds and hang them from a tree. And there will be a drop in session in the cafe or gazebo in the afternoon.

Gerry’s blog on the project is at