Carol Ann Duffy talks about her childhood and the merits of poetry as either ‘difficult’ or ‘accessible’. She also speaks about her writing process.
A. A. Bowman was a philosopher, Professor at Princeton and Glasgow Universities, an advocate of the League of Nations, and author of a series of poems written during incarceration as a prisoner of War in 1918.
Elizabeth Fleming was a poet, playwright, and short story writer, best known for her stories and plays for children.
Julie Johnstone is an artist, publisher and independent curator. Her practice encompasses book works, poetry objects and installations which engage a minimalist aesthetic to explore themes of perception and place, and the meditative qualities of poetic language and space.
Appointed Scots Makar from 2011 to 2016, Liz Lochhead is both transgressive and popular; as Anne Varty wrote, ‘her work is that of one woman speaking to many, and one person speaking for many’.
W. S. S. Lyon from North Berwick was an advocate and classics scholar who was mentioned in dispatches for bravery during the First World War, and whose poems were written during his brief period in the trenches.
Angus Martin is a poet of Kintyre, and a local historian. All of his work is deeply rooted in his home ground.
Heather H. Yeung (楊希蒂) is a poet, visual artist, book maker and performer. Most of her work includes poetic text in some form, but this characteristically migrates between media and practices, from hand-made artist books to installations, prints and sculptural works.