Ellon Academy: River of Words

Ellon Academy: River of Words - Mary Bourne with poet, Bernard Briggs, pupils from Ellon Academy, and members of the local community

2011-2015
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.

Ellon Academy: River of Words - Bernard Briggs running a public session at Better Read Books, Ellon
Ellon Academy: River of Words - Pupils' writing session
Ellon Academy: River of Words - Bernard Briggs working with Ellon Reminiscence Group