Tweet your street

“My street is unique, old – an antique!”

Children enjoying the refurbished Central Library

School pupils from all corners of the Capital have created a mini-map of Edinburgh with a series of tweets about the city’s streets.

The ‘Tweet Your Street’ project, announced this morning (Monday 1 June) at Edinburgh’s Central Library, sees the launch of an online map where children have started ‘pinning’ poetic tweets about where they live. A selection of tweets have gone on public display within the children’s area of the city centre library.

The map is a result of a series of poetry workshops with P3-S1 pupils from across the Capital and the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca.

From the apple trees in Hope Terrace and the cobbles of St Vincent Street, to the cats that stroll along Easter Drylaw Place and the excitement of hearing the jingle of an ice cream van, the map of tweets reveals the essence of living in Edinburgh as a child.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener, said: “These snippets of poetry provide a sweet and honest view of Edinburgh’s communities in the eyes of its youngest residents. In Edinburgh we have a long and proud interest in literature and poetry and it is great to see our pupils’ own writing talent thanks to this project.

“The memories of the street you grow up on stay with you. ‘Tweet Your Street’ captures these memories in a way that will hopefully spark other pupils and residents to view their own communities in a new light and maybe even tweet about it. The Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca and these pupils have produced a brand new way of mapping Edinburgh and getting students interested in poetry.”

Christine De Luca became the Scottish Capital’s poet in residence, the Edinburgh Makar, and promotes Scottish writing and the Capital’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature locally and around the world. She was appointed as the city’s version of ‘Poet Laureate’ in 2014, and initiated ‘Tweet Your Street’.

Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca said: “This has been a fun project to do. I’ve really enjoyed working with a group of committed, enthusiastic teachers. Writing a very short poem which captures something about your street isn’t easy; but reading the children’s poems proves it’s possible. Do read them and pass on the link to family and friends. The Central Library has been a great partner.”

All tweets available to view online at the Edinburgh Makar website, including:

“Walking past running cats

Lovely gardens outside flats

Everyone is full of grace

On Easter Drylaw Place”

(Age 12, Forthview Primary School)

“In Craigour Loan

The people mingle

To the ice cream van’s jingle

They chat, giggle and play

Every sunny day”

(Age 8 Craigour Park Primary)

“My street is unique

Old – an antique –

It’s Newhouses Road

If you drive in

You have to drive back

You see

It’s a

Cul-de-sac”

(Age 9, St. George’s School for Girls)

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