Joined Up Learning


Liz Lochhead

Willie Rodger

In a unique collaboration between Glasgow's poet Laureate, Liz Lochhead, and Scotland's leading printmaker, Willie Rodger and the pupils in every secondary school in East Dunbartonshire verse, art and business have come together.

For two months Liz Lochhead worked with 185 youngsters across the nine schools, mentoring, tutoring, guiding each individual as they developed their poems. She and the pupils were then joined by Willie Rodger and 150 pupils from Art & Design classes, as he explained how he had illustrated Liz Lochhead's book The Colour of Black and White. The young artists were each commissioned to illustrate one of the poems, and they and Willie Rodger then worked together, developing and refining and refining their ideas as the lino-prints took shape. Following that, Susan Frize of the Milngavie Bookshop and Vikki Reilly of Birlinn Books linked live online with 158 pupils from Business Education classes and Enterprise groups in each school as that third group of pupils took on the publication, marketing and retailing of the nine illustrated poetry books which had been produced.

These books are now available from each school, as well as from leading bookshops and online retailers.

All net proceeds are going to charities chosen by the youngsters.


Celebrating local and national culture

Putting Curriculum for Excellence into Practice


This intiative was co-ordinated by Media Matters Education Consultancy

in association with East Dunbartonshire Council.