Gunnie Moberg

Liz Lochhead, b. 1947. Poet and dramatist (1984)

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Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell in 1947. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught art at schools in Glasgow and Bristol. In 1971 Lochhead published her first collection of poems, ‘Memo for Spring’, which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. A female poet in a male-dominated field, her writings cross the boundaries of poetry, prose and drama. They are poignant and often humorous pieces that tell stories and question assumptions of female and Scottish identity. Often they also contain Gothic elements. In addition to poetry, she has written several theatrical pieces, the best-known being 'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off', which dramatises the history of Scotland from the female point of view.

Gunnie Moberg

Gunnie Moberg

Gunnie Moberg was a Swedish photographer, painter and designer, who brilliantly captured life on the Northern Isles of Scotland. Born in Gothenburg, she moved to Edinburgh in 1958 where, three years later, she married American artist Tam McPhail. In 1964 they exchanged Edinburgh for the tranquillity of Argyll and in 1976 the family, which now included four sons, moved to Orkney. There, Moberg photographed the landscapes, seascapes and the islands’ inhabitants. She collaborated with Norwegian writer Liv Kjørsvik Schei to produce ‘The Orkney Story’ (1985) and ‘The Shetland Story’ (1988). But her best-known artistic association was with the Orkney writer and poet George Mackay Brown, with whom she collaborated on a number of books, including ‘Orkney: Pictures and Poems’ (1996).