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.
Between April 27, 2020 and April 27, 2021 The Edwin Morgan Trust marked Edwin Morgan’s centenary year with new works, collaborations and online celebrations.
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A sum of £20,000 is awarded biennially for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up receives £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000. Applications for the 2020 award are now closed. The next award year is 2022, and the format of the award will be changing.
Translation was central to Edwin Morgan’s activity as a poet. His Collected Translations (Carcanet, 1996) is as voluminous as his own Collected Poems (Carcanet, 1990) and his lifelong commitment to making the voices of foreign cultures ring out in English and Scots was never a secondary preoccupation.
The Edwin Morgan Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) (SC043142). It was established in 2012 to administer the generous Award which the poet wished to create from the earnings of a long and distinguished writing career.