Through the Gude & Godlie Ballatis Project, W. N. Herbert and Andy Jackson are exploring Dundee’s literary heritage, in particular the output of the 16th century Wedderburn brothers, James, Robert, and John, as a way of reconsidering the public role of poetry, and reexamining contemporary spiritual and civic values.
At present the Project is running three initiatives: The New Ballads, Postcards from Malthusia and The Dundee Renga.
The New Ballads is a body of commissioned poems responding to the writings of the Wedderburns. [read more]
Postcards from Malthusia is an ongoing poetic response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. [read more]
The Dundee Renga is a monthly collaborative poem generated by writers in the Dundee area. [read more]
Come on, blowy blue May, cast out these lowering clouds that set our panes awash. Alyth Square, cherry blossom billows over the chippy queue. Plodding through a sheaf of essays, a woosh through the half-opened window, words and papers suddenly airborne. Stretching from earth to sky, old ash, last to leaf, first to fall. First … Continue reading Dundee renga for May
April’s the most Easter ly of months: all bright whale clouds and Arctic chitters. The horizon heists its hem up on the Tay. Windblawn wee boats daunce a wattery jig. Hailstones evaporate from a ploughed field: mist shimmies like dry ice and gulls strut their stuff in the grooves. Wren slips in by greenhouse vent, … Continue reading Dundee renga for April
How to stop stopping in, holding back, when the sun seems to want to shine. A familiar cyclist bristles by, one layer thinner than last week. On Victoria Road, two hazmat-suited men unload a flat, a life. When shall we three meet again? Friday, at last, alfresco. Debris on the path, loose fabrics gone astray … Continue reading Dundee Renga: March