Liz headed for Heart of Hawick

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SCOTLAND’S national poet will perform a talk at Tower Mill theatre next week.

Liz Lochhead, writer of stage plays such as Blood And Ice and Perfect Days, will arrive at the Heart of Hawick next Friday in the latest instalment of events run by Borders writing group The Eildon Tree.

Following last year’s success of poet Carol Ann Duffy at the same venue, organisers sought recommendation from Ms Duffy for a well-known name to perform this year.

“Carol Ann recommended Liz, and we approached her and were lucky enough to get her,” explained The Eildon Tree’s Julian Colton.

“Liz Lochhead has been a massively influential figure in poetry.”

Ms Lochhead is a woman of multiple talents, known as a poet, author, translator, playwright, stage performer, and broadcaster.

She was appointed to the role of national poet last year following the death of Edwin Morgan. She is widely considered to be a worthy successor to national bards such as Rabbie Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. Her moniker, The Scots Makar, was created by the Scottish Parliament in 2004. Makar is traditionally a name for a royal court poet or bard.

“Her writing reflects the robust, earthy speech idioms of Scotland,” added Mr Colton.

“Beneath the simple language, it’s very subtle. There’s a lot going on.

“She is especially renowned for her brilliant performing skills, and of particular interest to local teachers is the fact that she is studied extensively in schools.”

Next Friday’s event begins at 7.30pm, and, at the author’s own request, there will be a short question-and-answer session following the reading.

Tickets, priced £10, can be purchased by calling 360 688 or visiting www.heartofhawick.co.uk