Ellon Academy: River of Words
Etch film on glass
Lead artist: Mary Bourne
Commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council
Poetry workshops facilitated by Bernard Briggs, poet, and English Department with support for Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Programme
Local people and pupils were asked to contribute text about their experiences of/feelings about the River Ythan which runs through the town and has shaped its history. Contributions, of which there were several hundred, had to be in ten words or under and in the contributor’s own handwriting. Mary then incorporated these into a River of Words designed to create a degree of visual separation between the school’s reception area and the adjacent swimming pool.