Human relationships, especially as seen from a woman's point of view, are central: attraction, pain, acceptance, loss, triumphs and deceptions, habits and surprises; always made immediate through a storyteller's concrete detail of place or voice or object or colour remembered or imagined'
This is the work of a highly intelligent, sensitive, perceptive, and humorous young woman ... Behind the brilliant display of fireworks, and the wry laughter, and the lyricism, there is a deal of pain'
George Mackay Brown
One of the few poets writing today capable of encompassing the matter of contemporary life in terms that are both attractive and thought provoking'
Books in Scotland
The social satires in Liz Lochhead's new collection are among the wittiest and most original pieces she has written'
An inspirational presence in British poetry - funny, feisty, female, full of feeling' -
Carol Ann Duffy
About the Book
This stunning new collection features never before published work along with poems written during her time as Scots Makar, and marks the end of her term as Scotland's Poet Laureate (2011-2016). Whether commissioned works, such as 'Connecting Cultures', written for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 or more personal works, 'Favourite Place', about holidays in the west coast with her late husband, this collection is beautiful, sensitive and brilliant. Throughout her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist-playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that 'when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. 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 was born in Motherwell in 1947. While studying Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art she began to write seriously, gradually losing her way with her initial dream of becoming a painter. Her first book of poetry, Memo for Spring, was published in 1972 and sold 5,000 copies. The Scottish-Canadian Writers Exchange Fellowship,1978–9, marked her transition to full-time writer. She has since published many plays and poetry collections including A Choosing and Fugitive Colours, and is proud to be Honorary President of the Scottish Poetry Library.
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