The search for Scotland’s next national poet begins in earnest this week, as Liz Lochhead’s term as Scots Makar draws to its conclusion.

During her five years in the role Ms Lochhead has engaged with a variety of subjects through her verse including whisky, theatre, politics and Commonwealth Day in 2012.

She has carried out more than 300 public engagements, conducting workshops in schools and prisons as well as representing Scotland in the UK and beyond.

Born in an ex-mining village just outside Motherwell in Lanarkshire, Lochhead’s poetry is imbued with a sense of her cultural upbringing, often returning to themes such as friendship, identity and social class to reflect on a society in flux.

Please read the full story on STV News.

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