BIOGRAPHY – TOM LEONARD Wednesday, 6 January 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.
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Born in Glasgow in 1944, Tom Leonard has made the city’s voices heard throughout Scotland, and beyond. Leonard’s political, aesthetic and linguistic concerns are inextricable. His poetry contrasts different voices, social classes, emotional registers, philosophies. It is often funny but fiercely so.
He has been writer-in-residence in libraries and universities, and in the anthology Radical Renfrew, he trawled the Paisley archives to reconstruct the region’s literary past from the French Revolution to the First World War. His own work has been collected in Intimate Voices (1984), Reports from the Present (1995) and access to the silence: poems 1984-2004’. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.