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Liz Lochhead

LIZ LOCHHEAD (b. 1947) is a Scottish poet, playwright and broadcaster. Born and raised about fifteen miles east of Glasgow, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art and became a high school art teacher in Glasgow and Bristol, a profession at which she says she was “terrible”. In 1971 she won a BBC Scotland Poetry Competition, and in the 1970s published three books of poetry. Writing revues with other Scottish poets led to her writing plays about Scottish women, including her best-known play Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987). She has adapted several classics to Scottish milieus, including plays by Chekhov, Molière, Shakespeare and Sophocles.

In 2005 Lochhead was appointed Poet Laureate for Glasgow, and in 2011 she was named the second-ever Makar, or national poet of Scotland. In 2015 she was given the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry — only the eleventh woman and eighth Scot to receive this award since its inception in 1933. She is the Honorary President of the Caledonian Cultural Fellows at Glasgow Caledonian University, and holds honorary doctorates from ten of Scotland’s universities. Described in The Observer as “a powerful broadcaster with an intimate touch … [an] energetic, richly sympathetic poet”, she travels the country, broadcasting and performing her poetry.

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