Thursday, August 19, 2010

The great Scottish Makar, Edwin Morgan, has died, aged ninety. A sad day for Scotland, poetry lovers and all those who knew him. I was lucky enough to meet him a number of years ago when I won a poetry competition organised by the RSAMD in honour of him.
An amazingly eclectic poet with a huge output of works. Despite his age and battle with cancer, Morgan published his last collection just three years ago.
Tributes by Carol Ann Duffy amongst others can be found here.

**edit** oops Morgan amazingly published his last collection, Dreams and Other Nightmares, on his 90th birthday!


Jim Murdoch said...

I've read very little of his work. It just never seemed to come my way. 'Strawberries' is the only one of his that jumps to mind and I only read that for the first time probably this year actually. Now might be a good time to do a wee bit of research on him. It was on my to-do list but way down the list.

Marion McCready said...

jim, I'm sure you'll really like his work, a fantastic range of all sorts of poems - definitely something for everyone and lots of Glasgow poems too!

A.Z. Foreman said...

He truly was one of a kind- writing a kind of poetry so very rarely seen in English these days.

Marion McCready said...

one of a kind, for sure!