The Woven Word
The Woven Word is a 360° video series exploring the Ulster-Scots rhyming weaver poets.
The series features 10 short episodes, providing an interactive virtual reality experience for viewers into the world of Ulster’s Rhyming Weavers – Ulster-Scots poets who flourished over the last few centuries.
The project has been produced by Virtual Visit, in partnership with Hidden Ulster Tours and with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.
In the first episode of the series, learn about James Orr – also known as the Bard of Ballycarry – who is considered by many to be the foremost of the Rhyming Weavers.
Filmed at the Ulster Folk Museum, episode two explores the life of David Herbison, the Bard of Dunclug, who was born in Ballymena in October 1800.
Episode three looks at Hugh Porter, an Ulster-Scots poet also known as the Bard of Moneyslane.
George Francis Savage Armstrong was a 19th century writer who enjoyed the North Down and Ards Peninsula area. This episode is filmed on and around Scrabo Hill in Newtownards.
In episode six we hear about Samuel Thomson, a poet from County Antrim who was known as the ‘Father of the Rhyming Weavers’ and the ‘Bard of Carngranny’.
Episode seven features the story of Sarah Leech who, in the early 1800s, was the most important female voice writing in Ulster-Scots.
This episode is about Cullybackey-born Thomas Given, one of the last writers from the Rhyming Weavers era.