Walks

Tours last from one to two hours, depending your interests and the time you have available. 

Burns monument sunWalking with Robert Burns
The tour visits sites on or near the Royal Mile linked with Burns, including the masonic lodge where he met his future French teacher. In the Canongate Kirkyard is the gravestone of the poet Robert Fergusson, which Burns commissioned and composed a verse for. Across the kirkyard is the grave of Clarinda, for whom Burns wrote ‘Ae Fond Kiss’. Edinburgh’s monument to Burns sits on the side of Calton Hill, overlooking Holyrood Palace which Burns described in his ‘Address to Edinburgh’. Lines by Burns are inscribed outside the Scottish parliament building, and a recent neon work by Graham Fagen was inspired by Burns almost emigrating to Jamaica to work on a slave plantation.
Starts and ends outside the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, Canongate EH8 8DT.

Palace Park ParliamentWalking in the Park
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament face each other at the foot of the Royal Mile. Beside them lies the open spaces of the Queen’s Park, dominated by Arthur’s Seat. Hear poems and prose from across the centuries about these centres of power and the characters who have moved through them, from the tragic figure of Mary Queen of Scots to a visionary Catalan architect who made a parliament fit for the 21st century. Includes poems and prose by Victor Hugo, Dorothy Wordsworth and Chiang Yee, ‘The Silent Traveller’.
Starts and ends at Horse Wynd, EH8 8DX (between Holyrood Palace and the Scottish parliament).

Canongate crest SPLWalking with Jacobites
The Jacobite rebellion of 1745, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, gave rise to many poems and songs. Hear how Edinburgh was captured and occupied by his Highland army, and the story of his doomed campaign which ended at the Battle of Culloden. Includes poems and prose by those fighting on both sides, and by later writers fascinated by the turbulence and drama of ‘Charlie’s Year’, including Robert Burns, James Boswell and James Hogg.
Starts outside the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High St, EH1 1SR and ends at Horse Wynd, EH8 8DX (between Holyrood Palace and the Scottish parliament).

Paolozzi Wealth of Nations 02 Walking with Paolozzi
I’ve created itineraries for two walks featuring poems by Christine De Luca about works by the artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005).
‘South and East’ takes in three groups of sculptures: ‘Egeria and Parthenope’ at King’s Buildings, ‘Early Peoples’ at the Museum of Scotland, and ‘The Manuscript of Monte Cassino’ at London Road. ‘West and North’ takes in ‘Wealth of Nations’ at the Gyle Business Park, stained glass windows in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, and works at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.

Canongate crest SPLWalking in the Past
500 years of Edinburgh history in 90 minutes – a 16th century priest–poet–translator, a 17th century garden, fast-living 18th poets, admiring 19th century tourists, 20th century renewal and a 21st century parliament. Includes poems by Gavin Douglas, Robert Fergusson and Ken Cockburn.
Starts and ends outside the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, Canongate EH8 8DT.

I can also offer tours including poetry writing activities, for schools or writers groups.

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