Poet’s work to mark Bannockburn battle set for inscription at site

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A POEM which commemorates the Battle of Bannockburn is to be inscribed on part of a monument at the heritage site.

Kathleen Jamie, a Scottish poet, essayist and travel writer, was one of ten people commissioned by Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) to write works about the ancient battleground, as part of a restoration project.

Her work was chosen to be
inscribed on a timber ring which crowns the Rotunda Monument after all ten were put to a public vote.

Organisers said Ms Jamie’s won by a “clear majority” and the decision was supported by judges, including Scots Makar Liz Lochhead.

NTS and Historic Scotland are working to transform the site, near Stirling, where Robert the Bruce is said to have defeated King Edward II’s English army, in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle in 2014.

Ms Jamie, a professor of creative writing at Stirling University, said: “From the start I wanted this piece of work to make a nod to the Scottish literary tradition.

“Because Barbour, Burns and Scott had all written about Bannockburn, and had all done so with a four-beat line, I decided my piece would be in tetrameter too, as a homage.”