Official press release:
Poems will be tattooed onto naked backs, projected, animated, raced in the Poetry Olympics, narrated, read and most of all carried around Edinburgh this month following the launch of the Carry A Poem citywide reading campaign today. The Carry a Poem campaign, co-ordinated by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and Scottish Poetry Library, aims to encourage and inspire Edinburgh’s residents to carry poems they love with them.
The Carry a Poem book shows how Scots from all walks of life, from Holywood star Alan Cumming to pupils at the Poetry School (Holy Rood High School), carry poems with them, and reveals the stories behind the poetry choices. 13,000 free copies of the book will be distributed all across the city, through arts and leisure centres, libraries, cafes, and primary and secondary schools and you can pick up your free copy from today while stocks last. 28,000 special pocket poetry cards will also be distributed across the city carrying poems for every occasion.
Poems will set alight the Edinburgh nights, as verse is projected onto the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh’s Poetry Garden, onto the City Chambers in the High Street and the National Library on George IV Bridge. Energetic poetry fans can take the Carry A Poem Olympic Challenge in Holyrood Park with poem and spoon races, sack races, toss the poem and much more athletic activity. A full programme of events and activities will be running throughout the month and details can be found on www.carryapoem.com.
Poetry has been virtually exploding on the internet, with an animated film of urban-art poetry in Edinburgh created by BAFTA Scotland nominated animators, Binary Fable. The viral has been circulating cyberspace successfully and the full film can be found on the website – www.carryapoem.com