New book recording life in lockdown goes on display in Kirriemuir

Months of work by local organisations has reached its conclusion with the launch of a new book documenting Angus’s time in lockdown.

Mark Dowie
Friday, 17th March 2023, 7:00am
New book recording life in lockdown goes on display in Kirriemuir

‘The Chronicles of Angus: Life through a Lens’, was created by local children, young people, families, and adults living with dementia and has now gone on display in Kirriemuir Library.

Unveiled recently, the book is the outcome of a project delivered by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and supported by Angus Council Vibrant Communities Team.

A range of community groups from Forfar and Kirriemuir worked with artists Frances Law and Kate Cunningham, along with poet Rebecca Sharp, to create stained glass art, concrete poetry and illuminated letters.

Contributors reflected their thoughts and feelings on the last two years, including the impact of Covid, as well as their hopes for the future.

Artwork created for the book took inspiration from Scotland’s Medieval abbeys, with participants in the project specifically referencing the iconic ‘Round O’ of Arbroath Abbey by using it as a physical lens and as a shape for poems and artwork.

These consider how life has changed over the last two or three years, and also reflect on the contributors’ hopes for the future.

The link to the abbey is also reflected in the basic concept of the book, reflecting the creative work of monastic establishments, and their roles in documenting the events of their day.

Fiona Davidson, Learning Officer at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “This book has been a long time in the making! The project began in early 2022 whilst Covid restrictions were still in place and there were many challenges that had to be faced along the way.

“The book’s contents represent the thoughts and feelings about a strange time for the people, aged five to 75, of the communities involved.

“I hope all the participants are pleased with the end result and enjoy seeing their work on display.”

The finished book, handbound by bookbinder Marion Archibald, will remain on display at ANGUSalive’s Kirriemuir Library, on Reform Street, for one month.

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