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If you stand silent  

             cradled by stone monuments, 

                          that speak our past, and our future,


and if the loch light leads you  

            low beneath the bridge

                         to linger on that space of pine and rock


and sense the wonder of what lies beyond,

             and if you cast your eyes upwards

                          and ask - why the sky laps   


in shoals of shimmering grey

              and why the loch spills cloudless blue,

                          and if you follow that line


and sleepwalk into the space

            where windblown dreams lie

                           What if?

Poetry copyright © Frances Ainslie 2021

Audio - Directions to 1st Film 'Loch'
Audio - Directions to 2nd film 'Forest'

The Airthrey Dance Trail has been created through the Scene Stirling Open Grants - funded by Creative Scotland,

Stirling Council and with support from cultural organisations across Stirling.

This project was part funded by the generosity of Grace's aerial students who donated their cancelled classes during lockdown.

Created with support from the University of Stirling Art Collection. Thanks to Michael Rea (filming and editing), Frances Ainslie (poetry), Hannah Uttley (narration of poetry), Arken Creative (map design), Ellen Turner (creative mentor), Nathan Critchlow (writing support).

 Film © Grace Turner 2021. Poetry © Frances Ainslie 2021

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