The Body Wha Plantit Trees

Poet and writer Stuart Paterson reads in Scots from Jean Gioni’s The Man Who Planted Trees 

Online, free

Join us for this special event with poet and writer Stuart Paterson as part of Book Week Scotland. We are delighted that Stuart will read in Scots from Jean Gioni’s beautiful story The Man Who Planted Trees (1953), also drawing on some of his own poetry.

In 1910, while hiking through a desolate valley in Provence, a young man meets a shepherd who he watches sort and then plant hundreds of acorns. On visiting the shepherd ten years later, he sees a young forest now spreading slowly over the valley, which then gradually over the years becomes a living, green landscape. Gioni’s is an enduring tale that speaks of the accumulating impact of small actions and the power of individual efforts that attend with care to the world around us.

In translating passages of The Man Who Planted Trees into Scots, Stuart has said ‘Scotland’s very own Robert Louis Stevenson famously wrote “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” This story is a magical seed itself which continues to be planted across the world and is as relevant to the glens of Scotland in 2020 as it was to the valleys of Provence in 1953. Lug in and find out why!’

Stuart Paterson is a nationally known poet, writer and performer in Scots & English who was most recently BBC Scotland Poet in Residence. He lives in Galloway in south-west Scotland and is currently shortlisted for Best Scots Writer of 2020 in the national Scots Language Awards.

This event is part of Book Week Scotland 2020. You can find out about the wider programme of Book Week Scotland 2020 here

Stuart’s reading will be transcribed in the chat window during the live event. The event will be recorded and available to watch back via our website with closed captions.