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Dove Cottage hosts National Poetry Day

It is national poetry day and a special celebration is taking place later at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

The theme this year is "Water, Water, Wverywhere" in honour of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a great friend of Lake District poet William Wordsworth.

Dove Cottage is hosting National Poetry Day Credit: Wordsworth Trust

A series of readings will be taking place throughout the day and into the evening.

Full Report: Scottish poet heads to the hills

Those of us who fancy heading somewhere beautiful and remote for a few weeks will probably be fairly envious of Scottish poet Rab Wilson.

He is the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident and is spending the next few weeks living and writing like the famous writer, who was known as the Ettrick Shepherd.

It is not just about writing though, it is about developing parts of the Borders where the population is declining fast.

Less than 1000 people live in the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys and the area needs help, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out.

Watch her full report below.


Scottish poet heads to the hills in the footsteps of James Hogg

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
  • Better signage for tourist attractions

Poet picked to spend six weeks as The Ettrick Shepherd

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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