Scots poet set for university honour

Thursday 23 March 2000

Poet Laureate of Glasgow Edwin Morgan is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

The poet will be presented with a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) at one of the University’s graduation ceremonies in June. The Chancellor of the University, Sir Kenneth Dover, will preside over the event.

Edwin Morgan was born in Glasgow in 1920. Following a six-year spell with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon, he took a Master of Arts at the University of Glasgow, where he is now a Professor Emeritus.

He has published countless books of poetry including The Cape of Good Hope (1955), Sonnets from Scotland (1984), Collected Poems (1990) and Demon (1999) and produced various translations, librettos for classical and jazz music and books of prose. Appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow in 1999, Morgan won the Soros Translation Award, New York in 1985 and is also a former winner of the Stakis Award for Scottish Writer of the Year.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, contact Claire Grainger Telephone 01334 462530 or mobile 07887 650072 Ref: hon2000.edwin/standrews/chg/23march 2000/PR1915

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