Edwin Morgan farewell

Saturday 28 August 2010

Edwin Morgan's funeral took place on Thursday in the grand setting of Glasgow University's Bute Hall. The large gathering of writers, politicians and people who loved the poet or his poetry heard readings of some of his best known works as well as formal tributes and less formal fond rememberings from some of those who knew him best. The music ranged from Classical to Jazz to the Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever - and we all joined the university choir to sing the last verse of A Man's a Man For a' That. Then there was Glenmorangie or tea with shortbread - a fine send-off indeed. And on Monday, the Edinburgh International Book Festival will finish with an Edwin Morgan Celebration event. This event is free but ticketed, and apparently now sold out.