February 2009 Newsletter 2
The Gathering 2009 Poetry Competition
The Scotsman newspaper, in conjunction with the Scottish Poetry Library, is launching a search for a poem that expresses the essence of 'coming together' to commemorate The Gathering 2009.
Poems are invited from children, young people and adults from around the world which bear the title 'The Gathering' but which can interpret the subject in any way imaginable.
We are delighted that best selling author Alexander McCall Smith will be one of the competition judges. Speaking in The Scotsman newspaper he said:
"National cultures incorporate a particular way of looking at the world. Scottish culture today includes both that part - inherited part, so to speak - and the modern part that as often or not is garnered from elsewhere.
The inherited part is the vulnerable element, and calls for nurturing and support if it is to survive. This is something that those with Scottish roots living elsewhere in the world are often better at than us Scots at home. And that is why we need to make sure that we pass on the cultural inheritance of this country."
Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin is also on the judging panel and has written a poem for the occasion which may provide inspiration for anyone wishing to enter the competition.
Good luck, and we look forward to reading your poems!
Panalba.com - Scotland's World Community
We want to thank all of you who have registered on the Panalba site and contributed so much in such a short space of time! We would like to encourage you to invite others to share in our unique community.
Here is a sneak preview of some of the articles you will find inside:
Eating Edinburgh by Richard Bath
‘For many years being a restaurant reviewer in Scotland was the gastronomic equivalent of drawing the short straw in the lottery of life. If there was a sporting equivalent it would be supporting the New York Yankee, lots of heartache and pain, with glory and fulfilment forever just around the corner.’
Clan system by James Irvine Robertson
'Surnames came late to Gaeldom; many were based on occupations. Gows, Smiths would have been present in every clan territory. The MacIntyres are a full blown clan, but the name means son of the carpenter and carpenters would have been ubiquitous.'
As the site is currently in a testing stage, membership is by invitation only. If you would like to get involved please contact us at email@example.com.
We are aware that many clans are holding different gatherings and events around the time of The Gathering 2009.
If you would like to highlight any activities taking place within a fortnight either side of The Gathering 2009, we would be delighted to put some information in the 'What's On' section of our website, where you can also find details of other Homecoming Scotland 2009 events within that period.
Taking centre stage on Scottish Saturday
On Saturday 28th February, there will be a distinctly Scottish patch in the centre of London.
Lord Sempill and Lucy-Rose will be attending the ‘Who Do You Think You Are LIVE’ show at Olympia in London, a three-day genealogy fair which on the second day becomes Scottish Saturday, thanks to The Gathering 2009’s involvement.
We have teamed up with Homecoming Scotland 2009 to tell everyone about the exciting events happening in Scotland this year. Among the highlights of the Olympia show will be a programme of workshops and lectures, including talks by Lord Sempill and Olympic gold medal winning rower Matthew Pinsent. Visitors will also be piped into the exhibition by award-winning band Celtic Spirit.
If want to learn more about your Scottish roots, join us at ‘Who Do You Think You Are Live’ from Friday 27th February until Sunday 1st March.
The Gathering 2009 team can be found at stand 411 - come and visit us!
The Gathering Memorykeeper Pendant
We have the perfect idea to keep your memories of The Gathering 2009, in a unique sterling silver locket which opens to reveal four round frames for photos or images.
Made in Scotland, it is hallmarked and engraved with The Gathering 2009 on the inside. It comes with a purple ribbon and a toggle ring and bar fastener. Inside you can put your photos or special images into the frames.