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Liz Lochhead (born December 26, 1947) is a Scottish poet and dramatist, originally from Newarthill in North Lanarkshire.
Background [ edit ]
Glasgow School of Art, Lochhead lectured in fine art for eight years before becoming a professional writer.
In the early 1970s she joined
Philip Hobsbaum's writers' group, a crucible of creative activity - other members were Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, Tom Leonard, Aonghas MacNeacail and Jeff Torrington. Her plays include Blood and Ice, (1987), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Molière's (1985). She adapted the medieval texts of the Tartuffe York Mystery Plays, performed by a largely amateur cast at York Theatre Royal in 1992 and 1996. Her adaptation of [1 ] Euripides' won the Saltire Society Medea Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2001. She has written for BBC Radio 4: (11 June 1990), Blood and Ice (16 May 1999), The Perfect Days (11 February 2001) and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (26 June 2006). Her adaptation of The Stanley Baxter Playhouse: Mortal Memories Helen Simpson's short story Burns and the Bankers was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Burns Night, 25 January 2012. Like her work for theatre, her poetry is alive with vigorous speech idioms; collections include Memo For Spring (1972), True Confessions and New Clichés (1985), (1991) and Bagpipe Muzak Dreaming Frankenstein: and Collected Poems (1984). She has collaborated with Dundee singer-songwriter Michael Marra.
In January 2011 she was named as the second Scots
Makar, or national poet, succeeding Edwin Morgan who had died the previous year. She is currently the Honorary President of the Caledonian Cultural Fellows at [2 ] Glasgow Caledonian University.
Radio Plays [ edit ]
Radio Plays adapted by Liz Lochhead
Date first broadcast
25 January 2012
Burns and the Bankers [3 ]
Sophie Thompson, John Sessions, Greg Wise, Peter Forbes, David McKay, Angela Darcy, Siobhan Redmond, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Maynard Eziashi
Helen Simpson's satirical and poignant short story, dramatised for radio by Liz Lochhead. Nicola Beaumont (English, partner in a law firm, mother of four) reluctantly sits down to a long-winded corporate Burns Supper. At first impatient with the whisky-fuelled pomposity around her, Nicola finds herself surprisingly moved as the traditional rituals of a Burns Night unfold. What she comes to learn about the eighteenth-century Scots poet brings new self-knowledge and helps her through the night's violent emotions and climactic events.
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
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