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Edwin Morgan reads his work exclusively for the 'The Herald'

Edwin Morgan, Scotland's national poet, or makar, was among the many readers who followed The Herald's quest to find the country's favourite painting. Himself an art lover and collector, Dr Morgan responded to the shortlist of canvases (Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross was the clear winner) with a dazzling sequence of 10 poems, one to each painting. Their freshness, immediacy and wit show the poet in top form. "I seem to be in prolific mood, " he remarks with typical modesty.

If forced to declare a personal favourite among the 10 paintings he would opt for the Joan Eardley, he says.

Presented here, the author himself reading some of the ten poems he scribed...

The poems with their attendant images are being published in book form under the title Beyond the Sun (Luath Press, £9.99). The volume also contains an introductory essay by Lesley Duncan, The Herald’s poetry editor, a post-script by Liz Lochhead, who succeeded Dr Morgan as Glasgow’s poet laureate, and an essay on the wider connections of art and poetry by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University.
The official launch will be in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on April 27 at 3pm. The public are welcome to attend and Dr Morgan himself plans to be there.

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