With a strong record of collaborative work in education, health, business and the performing arts, Elspeth Murray is a writer who enjoys the unpredictable. Her poetry residencies have taken place in shopping centres, distilleries, international conferences, hospices and schools. Her workplace residencies feature in a 2008 BBC Radio 4 documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry and a 2009 Third Way article Shall I Compare Thee To a Sunny Delight?
Elspeth Murray’s approach to poetry workshops may embrace performance and various written forms beyond the page. She has pioneered the application of touch-sensitive arduino technology to poetry with the MaKey MaKey, recording and remixing lines of text in workshop settings. Since 2006 she has toured with Puppet State Theatre Company as their Company Manager. She is a board member of Improbable, Shared Care Scotland and Chair of Puppet Animation Scotland. She is also a keen live sketcher and has begun performing poetry – even the serious ones – using animal puppets. She has led masterclasses for Rally & Broad and The Roundhouse on Presence in Performance Poetry. She is a trained facilitator in Critical Response Process, a tool for offering feedback on work in progress, and is experienced in hosting Open Space events.
Elspeth Murray’s poem ‘Flip Flotsam’ inspired an award-winning documentary of the same name and features on the SPL’s CD The Jewel Box (2000). Her work is published in several titles in the pocketbooks series, including Without Day (Morning Star Publications, 2000), and her circle poems appear in Turning Towards Living, edited by Alec Finlay. Commissioned work includes poems that have been set to music by Dee Isaacs for Conference of The Birds at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013 and Postcards From Our World in 2016.