The Trust abides by International Copyright Law (Berne Convention 1886; UCC, 1952; Geneva, 1996) which establishes in international law the right of the author to be recognised as the creator of the work, prevents unauthorised changes to the work, and affirms the author’s right to receive full acknowledgement and fair reward for use of that work in any context by others.

Copyright in Edwin Morgan’s work (for 70 years after his death, i.e. until 2080) resides in the Edwin Morgan Estate, managed by the Edwin Morgan Trust. Permission is required to reproduce or use in any way work by Edwin Morgan, for example:

  • inclusion in anthologies
  • quoting in books or articles (in print or online)
  • setting to music
  • performing
  • reproducing images.

Requests should be sent in the first instance to Edwin Morgan’s chief UK publisher, Carcanet Press, which administers rights in almost all of Morgan’s published poetry and some of his plays. The relevant information is available here:
Please also copy your email to the Trust: 

If the work you wish to use is not published by Carcanet Press, you can contact the Trust directly (at the email address above, or by writing to the Trust c/o Alexander Sloan Accountants, 180 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG), giving as much information as possible about the proposed use of the material.

Edwin Morgan’s literary executors are James McGonigal and Hamish Whyte, who may also be contacted via the Trust’s email above.

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