A Pentlands Thread – Helen Boden

Children’s artwork: painting of rainbow & pony, tied to tree
Rainbow pony / tree - Photo Credit: Helen Boden
Children’s artwork: painting of rainbow & pony, tied to tree
Rainbow pony / tree – Photo Credit: Helen Boden

I was commissioned by Pentlands Book Festival to write about my experience of pandemic daily exercise, and curate a thread of community responses – in the form of creative non-fiction, poetry, drawings, paintings and maps – based on walks made individually by participants.  

I created a collective poem from the words of all 13 contributors: 

http://pentlandsbookfestival.org/postscript.htm   

My own text comprised 5 short essays based on my walks, with seasonal & social observations and photographs, reproduced here on my own blog: 

https://helenbodenliteraryarts.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/a-pentland-thread/

There was an online panel event, with discussion & readings, to celebrate the project, during Book Week Scotland 2020 

http://pentlandsbookfestival.org/helen%20%20home.htm

Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-based writer, educator and editor, widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies. Her first collection A Landscape to Figure In will be published by Red Squirrel Press in 2021. She also collaborates with visual artists to make responsive poems and place-specific text. A former lecturer in English and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh University, she has been an independent Literature professional since 2003, specialising in: Writing for Wellbeing, Writing & Place, Writing & Visual Arts.