River Ythan focus of art project

Organisers are looking for people to use their relationship with the Ythan to inspire their writing.
Organisers are looking for people to use their relationship with the Ythan to inspire their writing.

A WRITING project is getting under way which is aimed at enhancing artwork to be featured in the new Ellon Academy building.

Prominent North-east visual artist Mary Bourne has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to provide artwork for the school at Cromleybank.

The River of Words writing project is inviting people to come up with short phrases capturing moments of experience along the River Ythan, which would be incorporated into artwork housed in the new academy.

The phrases will need to be expressed in less than 60 characters or 10 words.

They could be along the lines of: “Ythan’s running waters afresh and brighten the heart of Ellon”, “The river flows cheer and solace into a hectic world, “It’s banks, depths and bridges define this pleasant country town.”

To get the project started, Ellon poet Bernie Briggs will be running a series of workshops with groups across the town in the next few weeks.

An open session in conjunction with Mary Bourne is planned at Ellon’s bookshop Better Read Books on Friday, February 8, from 7-8pm.

Funded by Aberdeenshire Council and Creative Scotland, the writing project hopes to involve as many people as possible.

Submissions are required before the end of March. Post boxes for contributions will be available in Better Read Books and, for pupils, in the academy.