On the last Sunday in November a special poetry event was held in West Port Garden. Part of the Word Bank Autumn Season, Common Ground, heralded a new beginning for this special little garden tucked quietly away near the busy Grassmarket.

20 or so people gathered together to share in an informal reading of poetry around the themes of community and gardens. The West Port garden is well on its way to becoming a community garden for the first time in 50 years. It will be run by Grassmarket Residents' Association.

Poems were read from books, sheets of paper and even scraps of card hanging from tree branches. Some were written by the readers present (Samantha Walton, Jane Goldman, Eddie Gibbons, Jennie Renton, Patrick Jamieson, Sean Bradley) and others were classics by poets such as Robert Burns, Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Soutar. The chilly afternoon was enjoyed all the more from the company of friends and neighbours and helped along the way by hot drinks and chocolate cake!