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Journeys into the Literary Landscape

Journeys into the Literary Landscape

Journeys into the Literary Landscape creates one-day adventures for 11-17 year olds on the beautiful landscape of Falkland Estate.  The project has been designed to be delivered in partnership with local secondary schools and other groups.  We work with local community workers, teachers and staff to ensure that the project includes as wide a range of young people as possible.  This can be a single day or a number of visits; with the option of a follow-up session at the school or community venue.  We will be developing a range of activities, connecting with outdoor environments – fostering new skills, ways of thinking, feeling and doing. Our current ‘Journeys’ project runs until March 2019.

For more information contact Rebecca Sharp, Project Coordinator.

Journeys will be looking for ways to link with other projects taking place within Falkland Estate.

Other projects include:

Simple Shelters, which is working with participants to build huts and other structures around the Estate; developing skills, confidence, wellbeing and nature connection.

Archaeology  – (subject to funding) with new digs scheduled to take place within the Estate, we hope to be able to visit, speak to the archaeologists and see what they’ve found – and maybe even get our hands dirty!

In collaboration with the young people, we will be working alongside writers, artists and makers of all kinds – creating as stimulating and diverse a range of experiences as possible.

Find out more from previous participants

Get inspired! Some useful links: 

The Scottish Book Trust: this is a brilliant site where you can spend hours learning great writing tips, watching author videos and surfing around for everything you need to know about what’s happening for writers and poets in Scotland and further afield. There is a special young peoples’ section and regular competitions and prizes to be won.

The Poem Hunter: this is an excellent site for exploring new poetry, lots of sound files…lovely human readings but don’t bother with the robotic versions!

The Poetry Foundationan excellent site for more poems and detailed information about American and other internationally famous poets. 

 SuperSummary: offers a compehensive Learning Guide For Poets, Students and Educators.

Find out from the Makar Jackie Kay what poetry is and what it can do in our lives: Jackie Kay on National Poetry Day 2015

Get inspired! Some inspirational poems: 

Here is an in-depth interview with the poet Mary Oliver.  We’ve read her poems many times on our Journeys to the Literary Landscape.

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.

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