The Comely Park School Makar has been taking her role very seriously, and a number of her poems have been published in the school Newsletter. On my recent visit to the school I had a lovely chat with Ruby about her poetry and the new forms she has been experimenting with, like drama! I hope some day soon one of Ruby’s plays can be performed by the pupils. I will definitely be coming for that performance!

The first poem Ruby was commissioned to write as School Makar was about returning to school after the summer holiday. I think she captured the feeling we all remember very well:

©Ruby Martyn 2013

©Ruby Martyn 2013

Next, Ruby was asked to compose a poem about Halloween. This acrostic poem is full of brilliant imagery and clever alliteration:

©Ruby Martyn 2013

©Ruby Martyn 2013

In November, Ruby wrote a poem about Guy Fawkes night that conveys the excitement of watching fireworks in the dark:

©Ruby Martyn 2013

©Ruby Martyn 2013

November 2014

Ruby is now well into her second year as School Makar, and I have two new poems to add to her collection. The first is an autumnal poem, describing the things Ruby likes to do when the days grow shorter and a chill can be felt in the air:

©Ruby Martyn 2014

©Ruby Martyn 2014

Ruby’s second poem for this year is another Hallowe’en one. It’s short but scary!

©Ruby Martyn 2014

©Ruby Martyn 2014

On a recent visit to Comely Park Primary I had a brilliant visit with Ruby and she gave me her final poem as School Makar. It celebrates the beautiful Kelpie sculptures in Falkirk and looks towards the future with optimism.

Ruby Bow Down

Here’s wishing Ruby a brilliant future too as she graduates to secondary school!

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