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Arts / Writer ‘humbled’ to have poem featured in national climate exhibition

Nat Hall.

A LOCAL poet has had work included in a national virtual exhibition which has been created ahead of the COP26 climate conference.

Nat Hall’s poem Clumlie Loch is one of 45 pieces selected for the Great Scottish Canvas project.

The WWF Scotland initiative aims to explore the climate and nature crises through art, craft, poetry and writing, showcasing submissions from around the country.

Hall’s poem is about Clumlie Loch in spring, “celebrating the teeming wildlife and place”.

She said it is “one of the last corners of semi-wilderness” in the south mainland of Shetland.

Hall said she was “happy, honoured and chuffed” to represent Shetland in the project.

This week she read her poem to an assembly of MSPs and former Makar Jackie Kay.

Hall added that Kay said the poem was like listening to the “voice of the land”.

The Great Scottish Canvas project will include a virtual exhibition – which can be viewed here – and a printed book, all ahead of the Glasgow-based COP26 conference.

WWF Scotland said it will be “taking the Great Scottish Canvas to UN climate talks in Glasgow in November to bring the visions and voices of people all across Scotland to the table”.

“We hope that the artwork and poetry you see in our gallery will inspire conversations about the future Scotland you want to see,” the charity added.

Hall’s poem has also been read at the Worldplay festival, and it has been submitted to the New Shetlander.