Edwin Morgan

"I think of poetry as partly an instrument of exploration, like a spaceship, into new fields of feeling or experience (or old fields which become new in new contexts and environments)"

His first book of poetry, The Vision of Cathkin Braes, was published in 1952 and he was a pioneer of concrete poetry in the 1960s, wrote opera librettos, and translated poetry and drama from Russian, Hungarian, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Anglo-Saxon. His output was prodigious.

Morgan was the first Poet Laureate of Glasgow from 1999 to 2005 and the Scots Makar from 2004 to 2010. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 2000, and in the following year received the prestigious Weidenfeld Prize for Translation.