On the 300th anniversary year of the Battle of Sheriffmuir, in the place that inspired Burns, Tannahill, Hogg, Lewis, Penny and others to compose verse that once made Dunblane a place of poetical pilgrimage, thanks to The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, scotsbard, Paraig MacNeil, is giving Dunblane a cultural kiss of life, unearthing her ancient yarn and weave to join it with the new verse of its present day bards, in a selection of poem and song.
The on-going e-book anthology’s three chapters will exhibit works of:
the traditional bards, the Battle of Sheriffmuir and the ‘15’, and the modern bards.
This will be available for all as a resource, to assist the growing population of the area, or increase a cultural identity focal point, helping to generate more of an interest in the local community through its native literature.
Also as a community project, part of Paraig’s contribution is to hold periodical showcase/performances in local venues, as well as constructing home-made videos with verse/lyrics for folks to follow.
‘The Bards o’ Allan Water’ is scheduled to be published in early November. You can follow the project and the videos on: