Appointed as Scots Makar in June 2010, Liz has been described variously as a poet, playwright, translator and broadcaster. She has said, “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.”
Born in Newarthill, near Motherwell, Lanarkshire, in 1947, she studied at Glasgow School of Art, published her first poetry collection Memo for Spring in 1972 and her first work theatre in 1978. Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, was the sensation of the Edinburgh Festival of 1987, and is now studied across the English-speaking world.
Her work as poet and playwright developed hand in glove and is infused with wit, wisdom, humanity, a poetic ear and political sensibility.
In her live shows with Lakin McCarthy she appears with the musician and composer Steve Kettley, fusing her poetry with his music.