Liz Lochhead was born in 1947 in Newarthill, Lanarkshire. The first work that brought Lochhead to wider notice wasMemo for Spring, which was published in 1972 at a time when the Scottish poetry scene was largely male-dominated. Her collections of poetry include Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), True Confessions and New Clichés (1985) andBagpipe Muzak (1991). She has been Scotland’s Makar, or National Poet, since January, 2011.

Photo by Norman McBeath.