Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Elspeth Murray
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Elspeth Murray poet
Elspeth Murray was born in Kent, grew up in Cumbria and Blairgownie, Perthshire and now lives in Edinburgh.


The Eel’s Eyebrows (Puppet State Press, 2005)

Oh, I Can’t Wait (self-published, 2001)


Good Reason based on a poem by Anthony Minghella (2006)

Elspeth Murray studied Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University. She has been writer in residence for a PR company, at Scottish Windows Investments, Glasgow Fort shopping park and for mental health and carers projects as well as the Scottish Poetry Library, which Elspeth Murray briefly talked about on BBC Radio 4 for National Poetry Day 2008. In 2009 Elspeth Murray was a mentor for the Scottish Book Trusts’ three-way mentoring scheme and took part in the Scotland Chicago Teaching Artists Exchange Opportunity with the Scottish Arts Council.

One of her favourite poems, Flip Flotsam inspired a flip-flop recycling scheme in Kenya and is featured in a documentary about the life cycle of flip-flops. This loosely ties in with Elspeth Murray’s interests in frog conservation and environmental issues.

At the 2005 Edinburgh Book Festival, Elspeth Murray and Richard Medrington gave a presentation on poetry pamphlet publishing and asks the audience to make brief notes in response. These responses were collected as A Magic Spell for a Far Journey Collected Wisdom of a Festival Audience and published as a pamphlet to accompany the festival.

When not working on poetry, she is Stage Manager for her husband Richard Medrington’s touring puppetry and storytelling show. Previously she and Richard Medrington have hosted the SECC Annual Burns dinner at the Caledonian Club in London.

Official website: http://www.elspethmurray.com/



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