- Jan 19, 2011Lochhead, who said today she was delighted to be named as the new national poet, will undertake her first official engagement this Friday when she opens the new Robert Burns Museum in Alloway.
The role of Makar has been vacant since the death of Morgan in August last year at the age of 90. He had held the post since its creation in 2004.
Making the announcement at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh today, First Minister Alex Salmond said: "I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Lochhead to the post of Scots Makar.
"As an author, translator, playwright, stage performer, broadcaster and grande dame of Scottish theatre, Ms Lochhead embodies everything a nation would want from its national poet."
Born in Motherwell in 1947, Lochhead initially pursued a career as a lecturer in fine art after attending the Glasgow School of Art. But in the early 1970s she turned to literature after joining Philip Hobsbaum's celebrated writer's group - which also included Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard
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