Public voting closes for selection of the poem to be inscribed at the Rotunda

19 Nov 2012

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the public vote for the poem to be inscribed to the ringbeam of the historic Rotunda monument at Bannockburn. There was great enthusiasm for the project from the public and the voting closed at midnight on Friday 30 November.

The public choice will comprise a vote alongside the decisions of a judging panel including some of the UK's top literary experts and experts in the Bannockburn site, who will convene in early December. The final result will be announced here on Monday 10th December.


Ten acclaimed Scottish poets have each been asked to write a new poem as part of a project to restore the memorials at the heart of the Battle of Bannockburn site. 

The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland are working in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library to select a poem to be inscribed into the new replacement ring beam of the iconic 1960s- built Rotunda.

The commission is part of the Battle of Bannockburn project to transform the visitor facilities at the heritage site, including the state-of-the-art visitor centre and a programme of conservation, restoration and enhancement of the flagpole, Bruce statue and Rotunda monuments.

The winning poem will be chosen through a combination of the public vote and the deliberations of a judging panel which will convene in December. It includes some of the UK’s top literary experts, including Liz Lochhead, the Scots Makar and experts on the Bannockburn site and Rotunda monument.

Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and chair of the judging panel, said: 
“The Scottish Poetry Library was delighted to be approached by the Battle of Bannockburn project as a partner for a unique commission for Scottish writers. Poetry is one of Scotland’s oldest and strongest art forms. Given the long tradition of famous poems about Bannockburn, the idea of contemporary work being developed to provide reflections on the site and its history is very exciting indeed.”

At the moment, the wooden ring beam has been removed for conservation. The entire concrete structure of the Rotunda will be carefully cleaned and repaired and the space within will also be resurfaced. The famous flagpole at the centre of the Rotunda is also being carefully restored. Once completed, this work will enable a Saltire to fly proudly over Bannockburn once again. 

These works will be taking place until approximately mid-2013 and access to the area will be limited until then.

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