EDWIN MORGAN AND HIS POETRY

Edwin Morgan reads his poem ‘Glasgow Green’. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Education
  • Media, communication and the creative industries

Genres:

  • Television documentary

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: EDWIN MORGAN AND HIS POETRY

Reference number: T2310

Date: 1979, March

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 20.49 mins

Description: Edwin Morgan gives a reading of some of his poems to a secondary school class, and takes questions from the pupils.

You can view a programme shown in 1990 about Edwin Morgan on STV Player at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgeGIRzQD40&list=SL [last accessed 26/4/2011]

Shotlist: Ext. Glasgow University, Edwin Morgan walks past camera and enters building. Gvs ext Glasgow University (0.45) int., c/u bookshelf, Morgan removes book and looks at it (0.57) ext., park, Morgan walking past gravestones (2.04) int., Morgan typing at desk (2.50) ext. secondary school, Morgan enters (3.15) int., classroom, Morgan reading poem entitled 'King Billy' intercut with footage of a graveyard and newspaper clippings about gang fights and the funeral of Billy Fullarton, leader of the 'Billy Boys', including one by "Pat Roller" (5.13) Morgan talking over footage of himself in a graveyard (5.58) int. classroom, boy asks question about why he wrote such a poem, Morgan answers (6.31) another boy asks a question about why he used newspaper article as his source. Morgan answers, intercut with clippings and more footage of graveyard (7.16) boy asks question about heavy use of letter 'B' in poem, Morgan answers (7.59) another boy asks question about the ending of poem, 0Morgan answers (8.30) Morgan reads poem 'Good Friday' as recited by a drunken man, Morgan answers (9.50) girl asks about title, Morgan answers (10.22) girl asks about Glasgow dialect, Morgan answers (11.00) girl asks question about staggered ending of poem, Morgan answers (11.23) Morgan reads poem 'Glasgow Green' intercut with footage of old men smoking, drinking,ruined tenements and Glasgow Green (12.50) Morgan walking on Glasgow Green (13.09) girl asks question about shocking scene at start of poem, Morgan answers (13.37) boy asks question about use of words to imply touching, Morgan answers (14.06) boy asks question about irregular line structure of poems, Morgan answers (14.47) boy asks question about biblical element of poem, Morgan answers (15.24) boy asks question about why he writes about 'the seamier and sadder aspects of Glasgow life', Morgan answers (16.13) Morgan reads poem 'In a Snack Bar' intercut with dramatised account (17.23) girl asks question about reality of poem, Morgan answers (17.52) boy asks question about what he added to poem, Morgan answers (18.32) boy asks question about purpose of repetition in poem (19.04) boy asks question about symbolism in poem, Morgan answers (19.34) ext. Glasgow university, pan campus (20.17) pan Glasgow skyline (20.37) dramatisation of poem (20.40) Morgan places book back on shelf, 'From Glasgow to Saturn' (20.49)