Edwin Morgan was one of the most important Scottish poets of the twentieth century, writing poetry in a wide variety of styles. Born in Glasgow in 1920, he lived in the city almost his entire life. In 1937 he entered the University of Glasgow and, after interrupting his studies to serve with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East, graduated in 1947. He became a lecturer and later a professor at the university and retired in 1980. Morgan’s interests are wide-ranging and include technology, art, film, travel and languages – he has translated poetry from Russian, Hungarian, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese and German. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Glasgow’s Poet Laureate before being made the first ever ‘Scots Makar’ or Scotland’s national poet, in 2004.