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15 March 2023

Life in Lockdown Chronicled in New Angus Community Project

A book of artwork and poetry chronicling life in lockdown has been put on display at Angus Alive Kirriemuir Library.

A photo of the the book launch of ‘The Chronicles of Angus - Life through a Lens’ at Angus Alive Kirriemuir Library. Four people smiling at the camera are in the photo presenting the book.

‘The Chronicles of Angus: Life through a Lens’, was created by local children, young people, families, and adults living with dementia. Unveiled on Thursday 7 March, 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. 

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 5 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 be on display at Angus Alive Kirriemuir Library for one month. 

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