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Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead was born in 1947 in Newarthill, Lanarkshire. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art. The first work that brought Lochhead to wider notice was Memo for Spring, which was published in 1972 at a time when the Scottish poetry scene was largely male-dominated. Her collections of poetry include Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), True Confessions and New Cliches (1985) and Bagpipe Muzak (1991).

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead

Lochhead is also a successful playwright, her productions numbering Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off (1987) and a Scots-language adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe (1985). Her latest is Edwin Morgan's Dreams - and Other Nightmares, a play about her friend and fellow poet, Edwin Morgan. He was Scotland’s first Makar, or National Poet, and when he died, she succeeded him in January, 2011.


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