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.
With both online and physical programming as well as new commissions and opportunities to access rare and previously unseen material, the Edwin Morgan Centenary will open up the incredible life and work of Edwin Morgan to new audiences.
We are updating the programme and launching exciting new ways to celebrate Edwin Morgan – please stay up to date by visiting the news page.
Hold Hands Among The Atoms will host new video content monthly, featuring conversations and collaborations across a number of subjects and mediums. The first three videos ‘Open the Doors!‘ ‘Sincerely Yours As Ever‘ and ‘The Conrete World of Edwin Morgan‘ have been edited by Scottish artist Aideen Doran . The next three videos will be edited by Scottish artist Tako Taal.
The Second Life grants programme will facilitate new responses to Edwin Morgan’s life and work. Funded by Creative Scotland and Saltire Society – the grants will provide opportunities for Scottish community groups, writing collectives, artists, curators, writers, actors, playwrights, musicians and collaborators to give Edwin Morgan’s work a ‘second life’. Recipients of stage one The Second Life grants have been announced. An open call for stage two is live, deadline is July 20, 2020.
We look forward to planned programmes and events commencing towards the end of 2020 – 2021, and have some incredibly exciting partners who will be joining us in the celebrations once it is safe to do so.
If you are planning an event to mark Edwin Morgan’s centenary, have an idea for the #EdwinMorgan100 Centenary, would like to share a story about Edwin and his life – please get in touch with Centenary Project Manager Siân McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the ‘contact’ form at the bottom of this page.
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.