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A Public Art Project Celebrating Edwin Morgan, Scotland’s National Poet, on his 85th Birthday, 27th April 2005 in Glasgow

We may be used to a poet speaking to his city, grounded in its quirks and customs, gritty with the essence of its charm.  But a city speaking to a poet?  Words wending their way down one-way streets, carousing on corners, teasing traffic?  What better way to celebrate one of our most beloved wordsmith’s lifetime of achievement than to reflect his work back to him from each corner of his city, his home?

This is the concept behind ‘His City Speaks to the Poet’, Glasgow’s surprise birthday present to Edwin Morgan.  A public art project by The Working Party commissioned by Glasgow City Council, it celebrates Morgan’s 85th birthday, and thanks him for his tenure as the Glasgow’s first Poet Laureate.  85 people from all walks of Glaswegian life are gathering to record 85 of his best-loved poems.  These recordings will be broadcast in public places across the city and presented to Edwin Morgan on his birthday, April 27th. 


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For anyone who has never been transported through the mansions of Morgan’s mind into all aspects of Glasgow life, or swash buckled hip to hip with Morgan and his recent friend Baron Munchausen through stories of humanity, this promises to be an exhilarating new adventure.  For those familiar with his work, it is an opportunity to relish a return to these lands of poetry and salute one of Scotland’s treasured artists with a fitting vocal tribute.

‘His City Speaks to the Poet’ is an original project by The Working Party commissioned by Glasgow City Council. It is carried out in close collaboration with a number of departments of Glasgow City Council, and Morgan’s publishers Mariscat Press, Edinburgh and Carcanet Press, Manchester. 

THE WORKING PARTY is a Glasgow-based group of artists convinced of the necessity of creativity in every human life.  Operating within international artistic networks, and with significant experience in working with people on the margins of society, THE WORKING PARTY creates theatre and mixed arts projects with and for people around Glasgow, in Scotland and abroad.



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