Glasgow Caledonian University Cultural Fellow awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

22 December 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University Cultural Fellow awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

GCU Cultural Fellow Liz Lochhead

Glasgow Caledonian University Cultural Fellow and Honorary Graduate Liz Lochhead has been awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2015.

Ms Lochhead, who was appointed the second Scots Makar – the national poet for Scotland - in 2011, has been recognised for her body of work. She will be presented with her award in 2016.

One of Scotland’s most popular poets and dramatists, Ms Lochhead is author of Sugar and Spice, Blood and Ice, and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, as well as adaptations of Tartuffe and Medea. Her work for television includes Latin for a Dark Room and the Story of Frankenstein. Her poetry includes Memo for Spring, which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984-2003.

Ms Lochhead is one of eight Caledonian Cultural Fellows selected to promote cultural engagement across the University, including author Anne Donovan, visual artist Toby Paterson, composer John Browne, actors Juliet Cadzow and Blythe Duff, writer and journalist Harry Ritchie and poet and novelist Jackie Kay.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who chaired the judging committee, said: “Liz Lochhead helped to change the landscape of British poetry.”

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