Elizabeth (Liz) Lochhead

1946 -

Poet and dramatist. Born in Motherwell and educated at the Glasgow School of Art, Liz Lochhead gave up her career as an art teacher to become a successful poet. Her work specialises in humorous irony. She has also written for theatre, for example Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off (1987) and television, and appears regularly at, for example, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lochhead was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

She was listed as one of Scotland's most powerful women in 2004 and appointed the county's second Makar in 2011, succeeding the late Edwin Morgan (1920 - 2010).

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