Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet and occasional indie recording artiste, has died, at the age of 90. Morgan was made the first Glasgow Poet Laureate in 1999, and five years later, named as the first Scottish national poet (Scots Makar).
His body of work included Poem for the Opening of the Scottish Parliament which was read by Liz Lochhead at the opening ceremony in Edinburgh.
The poet’s connection with the Scottish music scene began very late in his life – collaborating with Idlewild on their 2002 album The Remote Part. At the end of the album’s closing track ‘In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction’, he recites a poem, ‘Scottish Fiction’.
Then, in 2007, Morgan contributed two poems to the Ballads of the Book compilation – ‘The Good Years’ and ‘The Weight of Years’ being performed by Karine Polwart and Idlewild respectively.