Fresh appeal for Ellon art project


ORGANIsers of a Ellon writing project have extended the deadline for submissions.

Prominent North-east visual artist Mary Bourne has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to provide artwork for the new Ellon Academy.

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

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

Ellon poet Bernie Briggs has run a series of workshops with groups across the town over the last few weeks.

He told the Times that the response had been excellent, parcularly from the academy, and there had been extremely positive feedback generally for the project.

They had decided to extend the deadline for submissions to allow more people to put forward their ideas.

Suggestions are being collected at Better Ready Books, Ellon Library and the academy library.

The project is being funded by Aberdeenshire Council and Creative Scotland and is aimed at involving as many people as possible.

Meanwhile, Bernie Briggs will be publishing his third collection of poems and short stories, entitled “Headlines”, during April.