April 27, 2009
The party for the formal opening of the Edwin Morgan Archive, the unveiling of our Bawr Stretter! exhibiton and the man of the hour’s birthday simply couldn’t have gone better. And he was here to celebrate with us, to cut the cake and receive many many warm wishes on his 89th birthday. Minister for Culture Mike Russell laughed his way through an ad hoc speech, having jettisoned ‘the one someone had written for [him]’ to deliver heartfelt praise for the impact EM’s work had on him as a student. Liz Lochhead read EM’s poem ‘A View of Things’, and reminisced about the time she read on his behalf at the opening of the Scottish Parliament – ‘undoubtedly her scariest gig’, the more so for following Nicola Benedetti. Hamish Whyte expressed his gladness that the archive could be enjoyed by many.
Also of note: our postman, wading in in the middle of the speeches to deliver our post, probably wondering why we were all quaffing champagne at 1pm; singing happy birthday to EM and the three cheers that nearly brought the roof down; the tang of strawberries throughout the library; EM’s birthday balloon, a gift from his two year old pal Maya; Anne Connolly, having pruned her bay tree, having brought us bags of dried bay leaves.
We hope that you will drop in and see us and the archive.