The Edwin Morgan Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCO43142). It was set up to administer the generous Award which the poet wished to create from the earnings of a long and distinguished writing career. His practical encouragement of young Scottish poets through this legacy is typically forward-looking. The Trust will ensure that talented poets have a focus for extending the scope of their writing through national competition, publication and mentoring.
The Trust’s main aim is to advance the experience of poetry in Scotland, and to encourage its teaching and practice, through a competitive Award for an unpublished collection by a young poet. More generally, it will support the practice of poetry writing and translation through a range of workshop opportunities for young people in different parts of Scotland. It will work closely with the Scottish Poetry Library in these activities.
The main terms of reference for the Trust are the poet’s final wishes. He designated the terms and structure of the Award, and invited four trustees to carry it forward. The trustees also act as his literary and legal executors. They have power to make decisions about the details of the Award, within the spirit of the poet’s original vision.