Fugitive Colours

By Liz Lochhead

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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This stunning new collection features never before published work along with poems written during her time as Scots Makar, and marks the end of her term as Scotland's Poet Laureate (2011-2016). Whether commissioned works, such as 'Connecting Cultures', written for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 or more personal works, 'Favourite Place', about holidays in the west coast with her late husband, this collection is beautiful, sensitive and brilliant. Throughout her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist-playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that 'when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. The most precious thing to me is to be a poet. If I were a playwright, I'd like to be a poet in the theatre.'

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 24 May 2016
SKU 9781846973451-grouped
Number of Pages 108

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'An inspirational presence in British poetry - funny, feisty, female, full of feeling' - Carol Ann Duffy; 'Human relationships, especially as seen from a woman's point of view, are central: attraction, pain, acceptance, loss, triumphs and deceptions, habits and surprises; always made immediate through a storyteller's concrete detail of place or voice or object or colour remembered or imagined' - Edwin Morgan; 'This is the work of a highly intelligent, sensitive, perceptive, and humorous young woman ... Behind the brilliant display of fireworks, and the wry laughter, and the lyricism, there is a deal of pain' - George Mackay Brown; 'One of the few poets writing today capable of encompassing the matter of contemporary life in terms that are both attractive and thought provoking' - Books in Scotland; 'The social satires in Liz Lochhead's new collection are among the wittiest and most original pieces she has written' - Herald

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