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Line 10

(This line has been found and the prize claimed. But you can still hunt it for fun if you like.)

To hunt this line of the poem you will need: resourcefulness, two stamps, and a visit to the Canongate.

Clue 10

Why not Carry a Poem by post?

Edinburgh is the first UNESCO City of Literature. There are now three in total. You need to work out what the other two cities of literature in the network are and — here’s the tricky bit — find a picture postcard of each city (there’s no harm in getting a bit creative). One postcard will get you part of the way there, but you’ll need both for the entire line.

If you manage to find either postcard:

  1. address it to yourself but leave the message blank.
  2. put a stamp on it — a UK stamp will be fine.
  3. seal it in an envelope clearly marked Hunt The Poem.

UPDATE
Please take your envelope to the poetry library. If the library is open, just drop it off at the front desk. If it is closed, then post it through their letter box.

The line of the poem will be carried back to you by the Royal Mail.

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Comments»

1. Martin Ramsay - February 9, 2010

Would postcards that have already been sent (i.e. have the message and address filled in) be accepted ?
If necessary, I could stick a blank label over the writing on the back.

Not that I’ve found any postcards yet, mind 🙂

huntthepoem - February 9, 2010

I see no problem with this. However you need to be aware that this will be sent back through the postal system to you so your address needs to be clear.

HTP

2. Postman Pat - February 14, 2010

Jess & I tried to deliver an envelope but couldn’t find the postbox.
Assumed it was in / near poetry garden?

huntthepoem - February 14, 2010

The postbox is inside the coffee shop.

Apologies for not making this clearer initially…

3. Postman Pat - February 14, 2010

No problem – cherrio!

4. TF - February 16, 2010

tried dropping off postcards yesterday (15 Feb) at the end of the day as coffee shop was closing and coffee shop staff didn’t know where the box was…will it be there today?

huntthepoem - February 17, 2010

Hi

Apologies to all. Our post box was destroyed. We now have a new route to get your postcards to us.

Please take your envelope to the poetry library. If the library is open, just drop it off at the front desk. If it is closed, then post it through their letter box.

The line of the poem will be carried back to you by the Royal Mail.

Apologies again for anyone who had a wasted trip.

5. TF - February 16, 2010

tried going to the coffee shop yesterday at the end of the work day when the barista’s were closing up, and they said they didn’t know where the box was, thought someone has come the day before and taken it away. Will it be there today?? Thanks!

huntthepoem - February 16, 2010

Hi TF,

we will look into this, find out what’s going on and get back to you as soon as we can…

6. Hcalibrarian - February 17, 2010

Hi, I posted my card (in a red envelope) on the morning of 6th Feb, but haven’t heard any more. Did you not receive it? The cafe was just opening and the Staff found the Carry a poem postbox for me, but I don’t know it you have my postcard.

huntthepoem - February 17, 2010

Your card was rescued from the postbox Margaret. Sit tight!

7. suchprettyeyes - February 20, 2010

Postcard dropped off in person after unexpected excitement of demos nearby. Now for the feverish wait for poetry lines – woot!


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