Promoting Poetry in Scotland

Besides the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, given biennially, and translation workshops in the alternate years, the EMT supports poetry activities that are seen to further the Trust’s aims. It also gives permission for Edwin Morgan’s work to be used or reprinted, sometimes waiving fees. (Requests for permission to use Morgan’s work should be submitted to his publisher, Carcanet Press, in the usual way.) Examples of these activities is given here, and a fuller review will be found in the Trust’s accounts as submitted to OSCR.


Supported Glasgow Print Studio’s exhibition of EM’s Colour Poems

Provided sleeve notes and support for a CD, Schweben, by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, inspired by EM’s translations of Vladimir Mayakovsky

Granted permission to the Refugees Survival Trust (Maryhill and Pilton) for use of EM’s work on their project website and film for Refugee Week, June 2013

Granted permission for use of EM’s poetry in a film sound-track for Amnesty International made by Hazel Buchanan-Cameron

Supported the publication of a new guide to EM’s poetry for secondary and FE
students, published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies


Supported the University of Glasgow Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project, a test case for digitisation and copyright law

Supported an exhibition of EM’s concrete poetry at De Montfort University

Granted permission for use of a poem by EM on the Scottish LGBT Health and Wellbeing website


Continued Trust representation on the board of the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks Project

Sponsorship of the redeveloped educational space in the renovation of the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh

Supported the poetry activity associated with the redevelopment of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, in particular the postcards featuring 12 Glasgow poets

Provided development funding for a young composer in residence at Scottish Opera to work with some of EM’s Glasgow poems, for a presentation at Aye Write and other venues

Supported a student project at the Hunterian Museum in developing an online resource featuring EM’s Sonnets from Scotland


Provided funding for a Saltire Scholarship for an international student to attend the annual Scottish Universities Summer School in Edinburgh.

Supported the making of a video of the Scottish Poetry Library’s annual secondary schools’ competition ‘Poetry By Heart Scotland’, which will promote engagement to students and teachers