Jardine backs Scots Poet Corner


Edinburgh West MP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Scottish spokesperson, Christine Jardine, has backed calls for a "Scottish Poets Corner" to recognise Scotland's contribution to Great War poetry. 

The monument would highlight Edinburgh's links to a number of the War Poets, including Wilfred Owen and Sigfreid Sassoon, who recovered from shell shock in the city. 

The initial proposal was made by Neil McLennan of Aberdeen University.   

Ms Jardine said: 

"I was delighted to be approached by the campaign for a permanent memorial to our great war poets and hope that the motion I have made to parliament will draw cross party support. A permanent memorial would be another feather in Scotland's literary cap. 

"With the end of the wars centenary rapidly approaching, this is a major milestone. Through their work, poets brought the horror of war to life and questioned the romanticism of conflict. It is important we never forget the sacrifice of those who fought for our country. 

Mr McLennan said:

"The idea of a memorial has been well received by many people since I made the proposal in a Royal Society of Edinburgh lecture. We hope it will recognise poets whose words of warning about war came from all nations and are still powerful words  to this day." 


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