Up Against The Wall

Five specially commissioned poems about Hadrian's Wall.

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LS01Wall Dreams2001011520011007

1: Ken Smith's `Wall Dreams' imagines the miseries of guarding the Roman wall

Ken Smith was in Berlin in 1989 as their wall came down.

He connects that falling wall with the ruins of Hadrian's.

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2: Katrina Porteous' poem `This Far and No Further' draws upon the voices and sounds of those living in the wall's shadow

Katrina Porteous was born in Aberdeen, but has lived in Northumberland for much of her life.

Her poem draws upon the voices and sounds of those living in the wall's shadow.

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3: Robert Crawford has written a poem about the continuing power of Hadrian's Wall as an image of division and tension

Robert Crawford, who comes from St Andrews, has written a poem about the continuing power of Hadrian's Wall as an image of division and tension.

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Scottish poet Don Paterson reflects on the idea that, as well as walls having ears, ears have walls.

Has the wall poisoned relations between North and South ever since it was built?

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Kathleen Jamie asks if Hadrian's Wall be tamed once and for all, or is it still an itch that needs to be scratched?

Kathleen Jamie lives in Fife, and much of her work draws on Scottish traditions.

Can Hadrian's Wall be tamed once and for all, or is it still an itch that needs to be scratched?