From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes


Wester Hailes has been the seedbed for an impressive flourishing of vibrant, heartfelt, humorous, angry and poignant creative writing. Here’s just a snatch of what’s been published over the years which we’ve discovered in the Sentinel archive:

“Milking The Moon” – 49 pages of poetry from 9 different contributors – published ?

“tangents 3”– Produced by the Platform Adult Learning Centre – 39 pages of poems and stories, 15 contributors, third in a series – published 1995


 “Wester Hailes Folk” – Poems, stories and photographs – 36 pages, 21 contributors – published ?

On top of this we’ve come across numerous individual pieces in the Sentinel which also ran competitions for poetry, folk songs and stories.

We think these artistic endeavours don’t deserve to be forgotten and lost so we intend, over the coming weeks, to give you more of a flavour of what Wester Hailes People wrote about in times gone by – the thoughts, experiences and emotions they wanted to express and share.


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