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So after passing on the baton Scotland to Queensland, Glasgow to Gold Coast, There remains a passion for far more than future medals won.
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It’s always challenging to write a public poem, but here Liz Lochhead and Jim Carruth have provided a fine response to the Scottish Government’s request for a poem to mark the handover of the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow to Queensland, Australia. It’s good to see that the language of the Gold Coast Aborigines has been acknowledged. Image: Finish by Philo Nordlund, under a Creative Commons licence
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The Games aren’t over yet, of course, but as the handover is being marked today, it’s appropriate that the poets laureate of Scotland and of Glasgow should be involved. It was a pleasure to eavesdrop on the to and fro of emails, a conversation between two makars that resulted in this poem.
Jim Carruth is Glasgow's Poet Laureate. His most recent collection is Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance, 2012). He is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo's Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets. Appointed Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in 2011, Liz Lochhead is a cultural ambassador for Scotland and its poetry.