Dundee’s most iconic landmark is still inspiring writers both young and old as a special poetry book is published to celebrate Burns Night.
Forty Views of Dundee Law brings together twenty poems written specially for the book and chosen through a public competition, alongside twenty photographs.
Its publication is coinciding with the annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard Robert Burns, author of many of the country’s most famous poems including Auld Lang Syne and Tam O Shanter.
Local school children and adults from around Scotland have written poetry on subjects including historical conflicts, the railway tunnel, wildlife, the war memorial and the view from the top of the hill.
More than 80 entries were received for the competition, organised by Dundee City Council, before they were judged by three local writers and poets.
Beth McDonough is an award winning poet and Esther Read is a retired university tutor and journalist. They were joined in the final competition judging by accomplished poet, Andy Jackson.
Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families service convener, thanked the volunteer judges and photographers — including those from the Dundee Photographic Society — as well as all those poets who entered.
He added: “The project has encouraged people to express what the hill means to them.
“It’s been fascinating to see the way people think about the Law.”
Particularly successful were entries from P6 from St Joseph’s Primary who submitted four of the poems selected for publication. Also successful were children from P6 of Tayview Primary and P2 of Rosebank Primary.
Photos provide another 20 views, donated by members of Dundee Photographic Society or commissioned for the project website www.dundeelaw.info
The book will be launched at St Joseph’s Primary which enjoys views of The Law from classrooms.
At the launch, there will be readings of some of the poems and a presentation of certificates to all the successful poets.
For more information about the Dundee Law Heritage Project, or to find out how to get involved, contact the Countryside Ranger on 01382 431849, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.