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Sounds like local history is set to inspire poets

Budding Borders poets are being invited to take part in the Sounding Borders initiative which aims to connect new audiences with Scotland’s sound heritage.

Live Borders Archives and Local History Service, based at the Heritage Hub in Hawick, are working in partnership with digital learning resource Scran and the National Library of Scotland’s Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project which also aims to inspire communities to learn about and enjoy their local oral history collections.

The local strand of this project, Sounding Borders, are inviting communities in the area to listen to Borders Archive recordings and contribute a range of creative responses which will feature alongside archive recordings on an interactive online map.

Two free workshops are being offered to allow members of the community to listen to stories from Live Borders Archives' oral history collections, which go as far back as the early 20th Century, and write creative pieces of poetry inspired by these voices.

Local poet Anne Ryland, who will head up one of the workshops, explained: “Audio clips from the oral history archives will provide the inspiration for creating original poems, whether biographical, fictional or a blend of both.

“In guided writing exercises, the focus on attentive listening will also allow room for our own imaginations, and we will explore how the voice can be a rich source of clues to a speaker’s background, character and emotions.”

Once complete the creative outputs will then appear online alongside the original recording and participants will have the chance to showcase their work at the Borders Book Festival in June.

Morag Cockburn, Live Borders Archives’ Education and Outreach Officer commented: “These recordings offer the chance to hear history told by the individuals involved and are the everyday memories of everyday people.

“The themes of domestic service and the railways are rich with interesting stories which are sure to inspire.”

Saturday 6th May, 10am – 12.30pm; Kelso Library Contact Centre; Theme: Domestic Service; Led by local poet Anne Ryland

Saturday 13th May, 10am – 12.30pm; The Heritage Hub, Hawick; Theme: Railways; Led by local poet Tom Murray.

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