Please join us to celebrate the launch of Edwin Morgan's Centenary Selected Poems, edited by Hamish Whyte, with readings and discussion from Liz Lochhead, David Kinloch and Diana Hendry. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
This is the third Selected Poems by Edwin Morgan from Carcanet, but the first since 2000 and the first to cover the full range of his poetry from his first collection in 1952 to his last in 2010, the year of his death at the age of ninety. All his different voices speak here - animals, inanimate objects, dramatic monologues by people, (famous people, unknown people and imaginary people) - in a multitude of forms and styles - sonnets, science fiction, concrete, sound, his own invented stanzas - together with his evocations of place, especially his home city of Glasgow, and a wide selection of his deservedly famous love poems. They all illustrate his incurable curiosity and a kind of relentless optimism for humanity.
Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) was born in Glasgow. He was Glasgow's first Poet Laureate and from 2004 until 2010 served as Scotland's first Makar, or National Poet. He was made an OBE in 1982 and received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2000. Carcanet has published most of his work, including his Collected Poems, Collected Translations, plays and translatons.
Hamish Whyte, poet, librarian, editor and publisher, lived for many years in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has edited and contributed to multiple editions on Morgan's work. He also runs Mariscat Press, which published many of Morgan's works. His memoir, Morgan and Me, will be published by Happenstance Press in 2020.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.