Join Carcanet Press for the online launch of their Centenary Collected Poems on Wednesday 30 Sep 2020, from 19:00 to 20:00

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Edwin Morgan‘s Centenary Selected Poems, edited by Hamish Whyte, with readings and discussion from Liz LochheadDavid Kinloch and Diana Hendry. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here, and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event

This is the third Selected Poems by Edwin Morgan from Carcanet, but the first since 2000 and the first to cover the full range of his poetry from his first collection in 1952 to his last in 2010, the year of his death at the age of ninety. All his different voices speak here – animals, inanimate objects, dramatic monologues by people, (famous people, unknown people and imaginary people) – in a multitude of forms and styles – sonnets, science fiction, concrete, sound, his own invented stanzas – together with his evocations of place, especially his home city of Glasgow, and a wide selection of his deservedly famous love poems. They all illustrate his incurable curiosity and a kind of relentless optimism for humanity.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking ‘attending’ on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place – you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the speakers: 

Hamish Whyte, poet, librarian, editor and publisher, lived for many years in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. His most recent collection of poems is Things We Never Knew (Shoestring, 2016). With Robert Crawford he edited About Edwin Morgan (EUP, 1990), which includes his checklist of Morgan’s publications; he edited Morgan’s Nothing Not Giving Messages (Polygon 1990) and contributed to The International Companion to Edwin Morgan (ASLS, 2015). He also runs Mariscat Press, which published many of Morgan’s works. His memoir, Morgan and Me, will be published by Happenstance Press in 2020.

Liz Lochhead is one of Scotland’s best-known poets and dramatists, with her books and poetry attracting both critical and commercial success. She is also a tireless performer and screenwriter, performing all over the UK and overseas. She has won numerous awards and bursaries, beginning with a Scottish Arts Council award for Memo for Spring in 1972, and more recently with Medea, which won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2000. In January 2011 Liz Lochhead was awarded the position of Scots Makar, which had been vacant since the death of Edwin Morgan. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2015.

David Kinloch was born, raised and educated in Glasgow. He currently teaches creative writing and Scottish literature at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His first collection of poems, entitled Paris-Forfar, was praised by Edwin Morgan in the Scotsman: ‘The book is notable for three things: successes in the impossible genre of the prose-poem … a trio of lively flytings … and a series of moving elegies for a gay lover dead from AIDS.’ Kinloch is the author of four previous collections including Un Tour d’Ecosse (2001) and In My Father’s House (2005), both published by Carcanet. In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award and in 2006 held a Scottish Writers’ Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. He was a founder editor of the poetry magazine Verse and has been instrumental in setting up the first Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Diana Hendry has published seven poetry collections, the latest being Where I Was (Mariscat, 2020). She is also the author of more than forty books for children, including theWhitbread Award winning Harvey Angell. She was writer in residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary 1997-98, following which she moved from Bristol to Edinburgh where she now lives with her partner Hamish Whyte. She was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2007 and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University 2008-10. She was recently co-editor of New WritingScotland.

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