(born 1947)

Liz Lochhead

'Spelling hard words was easy when you knew how.'

Poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell. After attending Glasgow School of Art, she 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 and Tom Leonard. She is one of Scotland's most popular dramatists. Her plays include 'Blood and Ice', 'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off' (1987), 'Perfect Days' (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Molière's 'Tartuffe' (1985). Like her work for theatre, her poetry is alive with vigorous speech idioms; collections include 'True Confessions and New Clichés' (1985), 'Bagpipe Muzak' (1991) and 'Dreaming Frankenstein: and Collected Poems' (1984). As a performance artist she sets up a lively rapport with audiences, bringing to bear an impeccable sense of timing. She has made successful collaborations, notably with Dundee singer-songwriter Michael Mara. Imbued with a sense of humour that is laced with surprise and irony, her work as a whole is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, 1972.

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