Conceived by Edwin Morgan with the aim of supporting young poets to reach new heights, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award sits at the core of the Edwin Morgan Trust’s work. In 2021, the Trust worked to reformat the EMPA to address barriers to entry in order to actively reach communities that have been historically underrepresented in the prize. We changed the entry criteria, assembled a Nomination Committee, who nominated promising young poets deserving of the EMPA, and established an open stream for applications, which were reviewed by two Peer Reviewers to ensure all voices had a chance to be heard.
Edwin Morgan (1920–2010) led a remarkable and wide-ranging creative life. He published 25 collections of his own poetry, and translated hundreds of Russian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German poems too. He also wrote plays, opera libretti, radio broadcasts, journalism, book and drama reviews, literary criticism, and artworks. His work continues to be published, produced, taught and celebrated.
The Edwin Morgan Trust works to uphold the wishes of the late Edwin Morgan by supporting his vision for the development of Scottish poetry and translation. We approach our objectives as he would have – with creativity, inclusivity and a hopeful vision of the future.
Out,‘At Eighty’ by Edwin Morgan
push it all out into the unknown!
Unknown is best, it beckons best
In response to the success of The Second Life grants scheme that was conceived to celebrate Edwin Morgan’s Centenary (2020–2021), we have established a permanent funding stream to support projects that connect with Edwin Morgan’s life and work and that enrich Scottish cultural life. The Trust will partner with organisations, collectives and groups to support the art of poetry and build relationships between poetry and other art forms. Rather than developing our own programmes, we would like to see how we could support the important existing work that is being done in Scotland and beyond to amplify and encourage under-represented* voices.