The Map Revealed

Sunday 13 July 2014

We've had a wonderfully enthusiastic response so far to our request for poems with which to map Scotland and huge thanks to everyone who has submitted. Currently we plan to include on the map one poem by everyone who has submitted (including a couple of suggestions of traditional poems), attaching the poems to the locations on the map as best we can identify them, giving the title of the poem and the poet's name. Then we've shown the first couple of lines of each poem, keeping line breaks when googlemaps make this possible.

Click on one of the pins and it will open for the poem for that location. We are also posting at least a selection of the poems on our blog, one at a time. When we post one of the poems in full on our blog, we add a link to that to the map pin, and we do hope to feature most of the poems on our blog eventually. Later, once we have one poem included by everyone who has submitted, we can start adding in second poems. We're also thinking of what else we can do with this as it grows, and are more than happy to listen to any suggestions anyone else might have.

Meantime, keep the poems coming in. We've still got a way to go. The pins are already beginning to reveal the shape of Scotland but there are still plenty of gaps, and plenty space. It's not a problem to submit a poem if there's already one posted about the same place, we expect that - and it will be interesting to see if we get clusters around bigger towns and cities, or if in poetry terms, other parts of Scotland are more populated. So if you have a poem about a place not already on the map, so much the better!