Marking the Edwin Morgan Centenary

Monday 27 April 2020

100 years ago today, Edwin Morgan was born. He was Scotland's first National Poet, revered internationally and admired and loved at home, a touchstone, a standard to which we hold all other poets. Today also launches a year long celebration of his centenary so we send our best wishes for this to the Edwin Morgan Trust.

To mark the launch of the Edwin Morgan Centenary on April 27, 2020 – the Edwin Morgan Trust, in partnership with Carcanet Press, are making Edwin Morgan poems and lines available as ‘Birthday Cards’ for sharing online to celebrate Edwin Morgan’s 100th Birthday – April 27, and this is just one of many things planned for the centenary year. You could find out more about the postcards and other projects at their website at Meantime, here's how one of his most famous poems opens. If you'd like to read more of it, you'll find it all online here.

from Strawberries

There were never strawberries
like the ones we had
that sultry afternoon
sitting on the step
of the open french window
facing each other
your knees held in mine
the blue plates in our laps
the strawberries glistening
in the hot sunlight ...

Edwin Morgan (1920 - 2010)