Winter Words Festival: Liz Lochhead


Winter Words Festival 2023

Thursday 9 February

11am – 12pm

Two friends in Conversation and Performance

For over 50 years playwright and poet Liz Lochhead has been ‘a writer of voices’. From her own honest and heartfelt lyric poetry to dramatised characters like Mary Queen of Scots (who famously Got her Head Chopped Off ) to Frankenstein’s creator, Mary Shelley, to the 1970’s schoolgirl Sharon, to 1990’s celebrity hairdresser Barbs Marshall, to the iconic Rabbie Burns’s Mouse talking back! And many more. Her searing version of Euripides’s Medea, revived by the National Theatre of Scotland, was universally five-stars critically-acclaimed at the Edinburgh International Festival just last year.


About Memo For Spring:

Liz Lochhead is one of the leading poets writing in Britain today. This, her debut collection, published in 1972, was a landmark publication. Writing at a time when the landscape of Scottish poetry was male dominated, hers was a new voice, tackling subjects that resonated with readers – as it still does. Her poetry paved the way, and inspired, countless new voices including Ali Smith, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy. Still writing and performing today, fifty years on from her first book of poetry, Liz Lochhead has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and was Scotland’s second modern Makar, succeeding Edwin Morgan.

Memo for Spring is accessible, vital and always as honest as it is hopeful. Driving through this collection are themes of pain, acceptance, loss and triumph.

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Thursday 09 Feb 2023
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom