Top Scots writers talk at Glasgow University

Issued: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Esteemed Scottish writers Tom Leonard and Liz Lochhead will read from and discuss their works at the University of Glasgow tomorrow (14 February 2007).

Award-winning poet, Tom Leonard, is best known for his use of the Glaswegian working-class vernacular and as a strong critic of the hierarchical nature of language in Britain. His controversial collection Intimate Voices: Selected Work 1965-1983 (1984) was banned from Central Region school libraries in the same year that it shared the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Currently a lecturer on Glasgow University's Creative Writing course, he has held the position of Writer in Residence for Glasgow and Strathclyde universities and Bell College of Technology.

Liz Lochhead, currently Writer in Residence at Glasgow University, also explores the concept of voice and articulation in her poetry. Her first collection of poems, Memo for Spring, was published in 1972 and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. One of Scotland's most popular dramatists, Lochhead's plays include Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Moli│re's Tartuffe (1985).

The event will take place tomorrow (14 February) at 5.30pm in Seminar Room 2, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. The event is free and open to the public.

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