In another world

Creative responses to Europe's dying villages

This small exhibition recorded Scottish poet and writer Tom Pow's response to what he found when he travelled to parts of Europe that are in demographic crisis. Ran from 4 April to 6 July 2014.


By 2030, it is estimated that Europe will have lost one third of its village population.

Tom Pow won a Creative Scotland Award in 2007 to respond in poetry and prose to the demographic crisis of dying villages in Europe.

One of Scotland's most accomplished poetry and prose writers, he travelled with his notebook, his camera and a sound recorder to the areas of Europe most affected:

  • Northern Spain
  • Central France
  • Southern Italy
  • Eastern Germany
  • western Poland
  • The Kostroma region of Russia.

'In another world' was a display that recorded some of the processes through which Pow responded to what he found and the ways in which the Dying Villages Project took on forms that he had never envisaged.


About Tom Pow

Tom Pow was Bartholomew Writer in Residence at the National Library of Scotland in 2013, during which time he produced 'Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and other poems', which will be published in August. His papers are in the Library's collections.

His collection 'Dear Alice, Narratives of madness' won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Poetry Book of the Year in 2009, the same year 'In the becoming — New and selected poems' was published.



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