the road north (2010-11) is a book-length poem describing a journey through Scotland, composed by Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn as they traveled through their homeland, guided by the Japanese poet Basho, whose Oku no hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Ken & Alec departed Edinburgh on 16 May 2010, the same date that Basho and his companion Sora departed Edo in 1689.
The journey was published as a blog – a collaborative audio & visual word-map – and realised as a book and poem-audio, describing the landscapes they visited and the people they met. For information about the book, visit the Shearsman website. You can download the full poem-audio for free on iTunes.