Dalziel Curling Pond, 1900s

Rhyme and Reason

14 September – 9 November
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Local poets tell us in their own words about everyday life in the local community over a period of two centuries.   Emotions will be roused “within the feeling heart” by contemporary accounts of events of personal and community significance.  A harrowing mining disaster, a traditional Pig Killing Festival and a rousing curling match inspire eloquent and colloquial verse in our bards. Mourn with their misfortune, rejoice in their victories and enjoy their sense of humour as they regale us with rhythmic tales of life’s ups and downs.

 The exhibition will also feature works by local poets from the Piston, Pen and Press touring exhibition of working class poetry funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.




Saturday 21 September 2019     

11.00 – 12.00  Poems, songs and stories from North Lanarkshire Archives.  Talk by Archivist, Wiebke McGhee

12.30 – 1.00  Informal tour of Rhyme and Reason Exhibition with Local Studies Officer, Margaret McGinty


6.30pm Friday 27 September 2019   ‘A Daurk Maiter’

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Evening performance of a play by Martin Travers and performed by students from New College, Lanarkshire.  Piston, Pen and Press rehearsed reading of extracts of a new play in Scots by Martin Travers with songs by Fin Napier. With a cast of talented actors from New College Lananarkshire; the story is funny, gritty and at times shocking.

The play written in Scots focuses on nineteenth century poets in Lanarkshire.  Set against the looming shadow of the Udston Mining Disaster in Hamilton in 1887; A Daurk Maiter is a tale of brutality, comradery, poetry and missing dynamite – at its heart is the blossoming but doomed love affair between working class poets Rose Ellen Ballantyne and Charlie Carmichael.

A Daurk Maiter is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace’ (www.pistonpenandpress.org). Led by the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with the University of Manchester, the National Railway Museum, and a number of other museums and libraries, this project aims to understand how industrial workers in Scotland and the North of England, from the 1840s to the 1910s, engaged with literature in all its forms.

(Booking Advised.  Limited spaces available).


Saturday 12 October


Creative writing workshop with award-winning poet Carly Brown. Use the poems and artefacts of the past to inspire your own poetry in the present. Suitable for adults of all experience levels from seasoned creative writers to those who have never written a poem before.


Thursday 7 November 2019

2.30 – 4.00  Learn to read old handwriting workshop. £3.00 (includes materials)



The exhibition will incorporate activities for children including feathers and quills for writing and a magnetic poetry board.

Bookbug session (for children 0 – 4) Saturday 21 September, 10.30 – 11.00; and Tuesdays 1.15 and 2.00pm

Saturday activities will include crafts such as weaving and a Victorian school workshop.

To reserve seats for the performance of ‘A Daurk Maiter’ or find out more about any of the events, please contact:

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

1 High Road



Tel. 01698 274590

Email: HeritageCentre@culturenl.co.uk