Scottish poet Rab Wilson is heading out to the remote Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys to become the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident, living and writing like the famous poet himself.
James Hogg was known as the Ettrick Shepherd and lived and worked out in the remote Borders.
The project is not just about poetry though as it is part of a bigger drive to encourage visitors and residents alike to visit the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys - which have less than 1000 people in total living there.
With the population declining, the area is in need of some help - which it hopes can be provided by making people more aware of the natural beauty of the remote countryside in the valleys.
Other schemes that are hoping to help this growth are:
Plans for hydro electric power in the area
Improve road link from Potburn to the A708
Building routes for St Mary's Loch Circular Walk
Cycle routes a Bowhill Off Road and Minchmoor to Yarrowford
A Scottish poet going to spend six weeks living the life of the man known as the Ettrick Shepherd. Rab Wilson, 52, has been chosen as the first James Hogg Writer in Residence. Hogg was born on a farm in 1770 and wrote some of his most famous work in the Borders.
From August, he'll live in a cottage in the remote Ettrick Valley in the Scottish Borders to get inspiration for his writing from local writers. The appointment is being funded by the Ettrick and Yarrow Development Project who want to breathe new life into the area and promote the work of Hogg.
"I want to write a number of poems based on this experience. I am not sure yet what that will be. It's a blank canvas. I am available to do whatever people want me to do. A lot of it will be out on the mountain bike and hopefully walking these hills and visiting Tushielaw and all these great sounding places and it would be good to meet local characters.
– Rab Wilson, James Hogg Writer in Residence
James Hogg is best known for The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
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