Liz Lochhead, former Makar, or National Poet of Scotland and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, playwright and broadcaster, returns to Winter Words for 2021 in conversation with Elizabeth Newman and reciting her poetry in a selection of favourites, old and new.
Liz’s First collection of poetry was Memo for Spring received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, followed by further collections Islands, The Grimm Sisters, Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems, True Confessions and New Clichés, Bagpipe Muzak, The Colour of Black and White – and featuring in an untold number of anthologies.
Liz Lochhead writing and translating for theatre, rivalled her poetry writing, with plays including, Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Perfect Days, a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Molière’s Tartuffe and Educating Agnes. Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares premièred as part of the Glasgay Festival, revived three years later as part of the cultural celebrations for the commonwealth games.
Liz also enjoys writing songs and combining poetry with music and has collaborated with Dundee singer-songwriter Michael Marra and with saxophonist Steve Kettley, with whom she last appeared at Winter Words in 2019.
‘The most precious thing to me is to be a poet. If I were a playwright, I’d like to be a poet in the theatre.’ Liz Lochhead
‘An inspirational force in British Poetry… funny, feisty, female, full of feeling; a fantastic performer of her work and a writer who has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and drama into poetry.’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate