Appointment of a new Scots Makar questioned

13 Nov

It may be of interest for readers to know that MSP Pauline McNeil, Labour member for Glasgow Kelvin, has lodged two written question in The Scottish Parliament about the appointment of a new Scots Makar.

S3W-37490 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will appoint a new Scots Makar.

S3W-37491 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be changes to the appointment of the Scots Makar.

This questions may have been prompted by the Literature Forum Scotland, who wrote to the Scottish Government as reported in The Herald, asking them to change the term of the post and in this article Robyn Marsack, Director of The Scottish Poetry Library suggests that some consideration should also be given to the role and purpose of the Makar as well.

According to the Standing Orders of our parliament written questions, such as these, need to be answered within ten working days (unless given a holding answer).  I shall endeavor to let you know the answers when they are made publicly available.

2 Responses to “Appointment of a new Scots Makar questioned”

  1. Mary Clark November 13, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Seems a but rushed to me, though there were suggestions being made (Jackie Kay, etc.) in the weeks after Eddie died. I think clarification if the role is in order.

    • alumpinthethroat November 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

      I think it’s important to take time to consider this type of decision, but I would also be happy if these sort of posts were not held for a lifetime. It should be long enough for people to be able to use the posts for any projects etc. they have in mind. But not so long that it becomes staid and stale. Not that Eddie Morgan was, I’m more thinking of what a difference it makes to have the Poet Laureate for a ten year term.

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