Edwin Morgan Centenary

We will be celebrating Edwin Morgan’s 100th year in 2020 – 2021, with the centenary commencing on Edwin Morgan’s birthday, April 27, 2020 and continuing until April 2021.


We are currently talking to key partners to develop core events and activations that will provide the skeleton of the EM Centenary. There are numerous branches and subjects to access the work of Edwin Morgan, and we are hoping to use the 12 months between April 2020 – 2021 to provide real insight into the many interesting facets of Morgan and his work.  

To this end, we have established five themes to support and inspire Edwin Morgan Centenary partners and participants.

Scottishness – Scotland as urban environment, class intersections in Scotland, the everyday life / scenes of Scotland. Poetry for everybody. 

International/ intergalactic – Translating, stretching across borders, collaborating and communicating to bring literary works to new audiences nationally and internationally.  Scifi – future – otherworldliness – spaces outside spaces. 

Queerness/ queer history/ identity – Context of Morgan as gay man in the era when his expression of desire and love was a criminal offence. Windows that this experience may open onto conversations about exclusion, otherness and identity more broadly. 

Learning/ teaching – Morgan as academic, and as mentor/example. Investing in the future of poetry in Scotland.

Collaboration – poetry, art, music, theatre and spaces between and across each – Morgan’s visual language within and also outside his writing practice (scrapbooks, print and art collaborations), Morgan’s work with plays and theatre groups, collaborations with musicians such as Tommy Smith and Idlewild. His work as inspiration for new work.

We see the centenary programme as an invitation – an opportunity for Edwin Morgan’s life and legacy to be translated to a new era.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas or would like some more information about Edwin Morgan and his work, please get in touch with Centenary Project Manager Siân McIntyre at  emtmorgan100@gmail.com. We are open to ideas of all shapes and sizes – so please also spread the word about the centenary with people / organisations that may be interested in contributing to this important celebration! 

Siân’s role has been supported by Creative Scotland through an Open Project Fund.

Header image: Edwin Morgan Glasses Wallpaper, 2001, Ron O’Donnell

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