24-Hour Poetry Reading For Edwin Morgan

January 15, 2008

Edwin MorganScotland’s poetry society is coming together at the end of January in order to celebrate Scotland’s greatest living poet, Edwin Morgan. The celebration, in the form of a marathon 24-hour reading of his poetry, will take place at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of January.

The event aims to encourage as many passers by as possible to read an Edwin Morgan poem, but it will also see the distribution of a specially produced Edwin Morgan limited edition collection, given out for free to celebrate his name and life in poetry.

Born in 1920, Edwin Morgan has become the most important poet ever to come from Scotland, documenting the history, people and politics in a way never before accomplished. His first book of poetry was published in 1952 and quickly gained international recognition. Since then he has grown in reputation and stature, receiving the acclaim of critics and fans alike.

Morgan was announced as Glasgow’s first Poet Laureate in October 1999, which lasted until 2002, but that same year he was diagnosed with an incurable disease. In 2004 he became Scotland’s first official National Poet or ‘Scot’s Makar,’ and he wrote a poem for the opening of the Scottish Parliament called Open The Doors, which was read by fellow poet and playwright Liz Lochead.

The organisers of the 24-hour poetry event have appealed for help from anyone who might be willing to host one hour slots and encourage readers and or take readings themselves. They are also looking for people to help promote the event and spread the word of the event, in the hope that as many people as possible will come along to listen and maybe read out one poem while they are there.

Event details:
Cost: Free
Location: Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art
Date: Friday 25th January (12 noon) through to Saturday 26 January (12 noon)

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~ Colin Galbraith ~


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