Aye Write Festival: An Audience with Liz Lochhead, 6th April, 6 p.m. Mitchell Library

An Audience with Liz Lochhead

6 Apr 2014  •  6:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M  •  Mitchell Library, North Street

The national Makar returns to Aye Write! – spend some time in the company of a real national treasure!

An Audience with Liz Lochhead

Spend some time in the company of a real national treasure! The term is bandied about too lightly nowadays, but no-one deserves the accolade more than Liz Lochhead; the national Makar, a playwright of distinction whose works are already classics, and a feisty and fearless contributor to the debate on culture and independence. From her art school beginnings, at a time when Scotland’s leading poet could say there were “no female Scottish poets,” to addressing the opening of the Scottish Parliament, her work not only reflects a changing nation, but has helped to change it too. 

Liz Lochhead wrote her first poem, ‘The Visit’, after she entered the Glasgow School of Art in 1965 and has published collections ever since. The 1980s was an immensely productive decade in both work for the theatre and poetry with successful staging of her adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, her sixth poetry collection, The Colour of Black and White – poems 1984-2003, includes ‘Kidspoem/Bairnsang’, which has become one of her signature poems and a touchstone for the decade. Both a transgressive and popular poet and playwright, she was appointed Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in 2011.

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