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Just a quick note about well-loved Scottish poet Edwin Morgan, who died recently in Glasgow,  where he was born and where he spent his whole life (except for some time in the Middle East during the Second World War). 
Morgan’s poetry was first published in the 1950s.  He was appointed Glasgow’s first Poet Laureate in 1999 and in 2004, became ‘Scots Makar’,  Scotland’s poet laureate. 
You can read more about him at the wonderful Scottish Poetry Library website.  They say:
“Endlessly curious, open-minded and humane, Morgan experimented with the language of machines as well as translating brilliantly from a variety of European languages. He translated plays into Scots, and wrote a trilogy on the life of Jesus, AD. 
His Sonnets from Scotland rank as one of the most important works of post-war literature, exploring the life, landscapes and potential of the country”.
My favourite of his poems is the Loch Ness Monster’s Song, best listened to, I think.  You can hear him reading it at the link below:
Thanks to Mary Cresswell for suggesting this post.

Exciting news that Cilla McQueen is NZ’s new poet laureate!  The National Library function to announce the appointment was very well attended this evening, which just goes to show what a huge level of support there is for poetry in this country (and I do think Sam Hunt, Hone Tuwhare, Alistair Campbell and Jan Kemp can take some credit for that, given their wonderful touring poetry show of NZ schools back in 1979?  which even National Library Minister Nathan Guy mentioned tonight.)

Cheers to Cilla, and of course to outgoing poet laureate Michele Leggott, who’s done a fine job of promoting poetry all over the country during her “reign”.  (I did think that Michele should have selected the next laureate by lining up all the poets and chucking the specially carved laureate tokotoko over her shoulder and seeing who caught it – maybe next time…)

Cilla McQueen, based in Bluff, has a long commitment to NZ poetry.  More about her here

She’s an interesting choice, given she’s one of the more “popular” poets and a frequent user of humour.  Let’s hope Cilla hits the schools and the streets and continues to bring poetry alive!



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