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Lochhead, Liz (1947–)

Lochhead, Liz (1947–)

Scottish poet, performance artist and play-wright. Born Dec 26, 1947, in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland; attended Glasgow School of Art, 1965–70; m. Tom Logan (architect), 1986.

Worked as art teacher in Glasgow and Bristol before publishing poetry collection, Memo for Spring (1972), which won Scottish Arts Council Book Award; staged revue Sugar and Spite with Marcella Evaristi (1978); published poetry collections, The Grimm Sisters (1981), Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), True Confessions and New Clichés (1985), Bagpipe Muzak (1991) and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984–2003 (2003); plays include Blood and Ice (1982), about Mary Shelley, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987) and Dracula (1989); was writer in residence at Edinburgh University (1986–87) and Royal Shakespeare Co. (1988); won Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award for adaptation of Euripides' Medea (2000); for tv, wrote short film "Latin for a Dark Room" (1994) and "The Story of Frankenstein"; other plays include The Big Picture (1988), Patter Merchants (1989), Jock Tamson's Bairns (1990), Quelques Fleurs (1991), Cuba (1997), Perfect Days (1998), Britania Rules (1998), The Three Sisters (2000) and Misery Guts (based on Molière's The Misanthrope, 2002); often performed her own works.

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