Fugitive Colours

Liz Lochhead

 
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Birlinn
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781846973451
Pages : 108
Dimensions : 8.65 X 5.7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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This stunning new collection features never before published work along with poems written during her time as Scots Makar, and marks the end of her term as Scotland's Poet Laureate (2011-2016). Whether commissioned works, such as 'Connecting Cultures', written for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 or more personal works, 'Favourite Place', about holidays in the west coast with her late husband, this collection is beautiful, sensitive and brilliant. Throughout her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist-playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that 'when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. The most precious thing to me is to be a poet. If I were a playwright, I'd like to be a poet in the theatre.'

About The Author
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Liz Lochhead is the Scottish Makar (Poet Laureate) and is regarded as one of Scotland's best andmost popular poets and dramatists. Her poetry is characterised by a self-conscious effort to mimic the idioms of speech, adopting a range of spoken styles that include the lyrical use of cliche, rap, colloquialism and even advertising language in an effort to raise the profile of the marginalised voices of both Scots and women. Her most famous poetry collections include "Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems" (1984), "True Confessions and New Cliches" (1985) and"Bagpipe Muzak" (1991). She became Makar in 2011 after the death of Edwin Morgan."

REVIEWS
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An inspirational presence in British poetry - funny, feisty, female, full of feeling

- Carol Ann Duffy

Human relationships, especially as seen from a woman's point of view, are central: attraction, pain, acceptance, loss, triumphs and deceptions, habits and surprises; always made immediate through a storyteller's concrete detail of place or voice or object or colour remembered or imagined

- Edwin Morgan

One of the few poets writing today capable of encompassing the matter of contemporary life in terms that are both attractive and thought provoking

- Books in Scotland

The social satires in Liz Lochhead's new collection are among the wittiest and most original pieces she has written

- The Herald

This is the work of a highly intelligent, sensitive, perceptive, and humorous young woman ... Behind the brilliant display of fireworks, and the wry laughter, and the lyricism, there is a deal of pain

- George Mackay Brown

Human relationships, especially as seen from a woman's point of view, are central: attraction, pain, acceptance, loss, triumphs and deceptions, habits and surprises; always made immediate through a storyteller's concrete detail of place or voice or object or colour remembered or imagined'

- Edwin Morgan

This is the work of a highly intelligent, sensitive, perceptive, and humorous young woman ... Behind the brilliant display of fireworks, and the wry laughter, and the lyricism, there is a deal of pain'

- George Mackay Brown

One of the few poets writing today capable of encompassing the matter of contemporary life in terms that are both attractive and thought provoking'

- Books in Scotland

The social satires in Liz Lochhead's new collection are among the wittiest and most original pieces she has written'

- Herald

An inspirational presence in British poetry - funny, feisty, female, full of feeling' - 

- Carol Ann Duffy

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