Page last updated at 12:16 GMT, Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Words of wisdom carved in stone

Alex Fergusson beside Canongate wall
Presiding office Alex Fergusson wants to focus on well-loved Scots writing

Members of the public are being asked to suggest a quotation to be carved on the wall of the Scottish Parliament to mark 10 years of devolution.

The winning entry will join 24 other quotes already etched on the Canongate wall of the building in Edinburgh.

Holyrood's presiding officer Alex Fergusson said entries should be from a well-loved or significant piece of writing that is relevant to Scotland.

Suggestions can be submitted through the parliament's website.

Entries can be English, Scots or Gaelic and should be no more than 50 words.

How they feel about Scotland, what it means to be Scottish, or hopes for the future
Alex Fergusson
Holyrood presiding officer

A panel of academics and MSPs will choose a winner by the end of October, with the new carving unveiled on St Andrew's Day.

Mr Fergusson said the Canongate wall was always intended to be a "living wall" that would be added to over time.

"We believe that as we approach our 10th anniversary, that time is now," he said.

"We are asking people to nominate a well-loved or significant piece of writing that is relevant for Scotland, perhaps something that expresses how they feel about Scotland, what it means to be Scottish, or hopes for the future."

Quotes already carved into small stone panels include the musings of Robert Burns, Gaelic proverbs, the words of Sir Walter Scott, contemporary writers and other famous Scots.

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Parliament leaks costly to plug
17 Feb 09 |  Scotland
Holyrood party for 10-year-olds
07 Oct 08 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific