Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Liz Niven
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Liz Niven poet

Liz Niven was born in Glasgow, has lived in Easter Ross and now lives in Newton Stewart, Galloway.


The Shard Box (Luath Press, 2010)

Burning Whins and Other Poems (Luath, 2004)

Flight Lines (Gateway Arts Project, 2004)

Stravaigin (Canongate, 2001/Luath Press, 2006)

Cree Lines (Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association, 2000)

A Drunk Wumman Sittin on a Thistle (Markings, 1999)

Past Presents (Akros, 1998)


A Braw Brew plus Teacher Notes (Watergaw),

Solway Stills (Dumfries and Galloway Educational Department),

Doadie’s Boadie (Scots Language Resource Centre),

The Story of Ninian and A Play about Ninian (Watergaw/Dumfries and Galloway Educational Department).

The Sound of Our Voices (Dumfries and Galloway Libraries)

The Scots Language: Its Place in Education co-editor R. Jackson (Watergaw Scots Language Pack:  Dumfries and Galloway Educational Department)

The Kist SCCC (TES/Saltire Award 1997)

Haud Yer Tongue (Channel 4 Scots Language for Schools Programmes),

Turnstones (Hodder and Stoughton 2001)

The Scots Language in Education in Scotland (Mercator)

Liz Niven was educated at Glasgow University and Jordanhill College of Education and worked as a teacher. Her interest in Scots language led her to become Scots Language Development Officer for Dumfries and Galloway Education Department and a writer-in-residence for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association. She teaches Creative Writing. Liz Niven has also written a booklet and play for schools based on the life of Ninian who brought Christianity to Scotland, published by the Dumfries and Galloway
Education Department. She has provided educational resources for Scots language.

A commissioned collaboration with sculptors and carpenters for the Newton Stewart Business Initiative and Solway Natural Heritage led to her poems being displayed alongside the River Cree and collected as Cree Lines. Liz Niven’s residency at Inverness Airport was the subject of an ITV documentary, Poet
on a Plane

Liz Niven has been three times winner of the Glasgow University McCash Scots Poetry Prize in 2001, 2003 and 2006, has twice received a TES/Saltire Award in 1997 and 2002 and has received two Scottish Arts Council Writers’ Bursaries in 1996 and 2003. In 2001 Liz Niven received a Year of the Artist, Scottish Cultural Enterprise award.

“The intimacy and care Niven exerts in her poems to describe a contemporary Scotland, coupled with the humor of the people, and how the country fits in on an international level make this book a pleasure to read. She is attentive to not only her landscape, but how she interacts in a setting as well, “On with the hard hat in canary yellow/ (appropriate colour to match my cowardice).”  This book, through insight, allows the reader to feel closer to Scotland whether the reader has lived in this country all his or her life, or is just passing through.” Lauren Pope (Edinburgh Review of Books)

Official Website: http://www.lizniven.com/


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