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CodeNA8766
Dates1933-
Person NameGlen; Duncan (1933-); poet and publisher
SurnameGlen
ForenamesDuncan
Epithetpoet and publisher
ActivityDuncan Glen, poet, was born in January 1933 at Westburn, near Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, the son of John Kennedy Glen (d 1979). He was educated at Rutherglen Academy, but left school aged 15 and obtained employment as an office boy in a large Glasgow printers. He attended Heriot Watt College, 1950-1953, and Edinburgh College of Art, 1953-1956, and became a typographical designer. He did his national service with the Royal Air Force, 1956-1958, and subsequently lectured in typography and graphic design in England. From 1965-1978 he lived at Penwortham, Lancashire, and worked in Preston at Harris College, later Preston Polytechnic, where he set up a BA Hons course in Graphic Design and founded the Harris Press at the college. In 1965 he founded Akros Publications and from then until 1983 he edited the Scottish poetry magazine 'Akros'. He rediscovered and printed poems by Christopher Murray Grieve ['Hugh MacDiarmid'] (1892-1978). Duncan Glen's own poetry, such as the collections 'Idols: or when Alexander our king was dead' (1967) and 'Kythings' (1969) has often appeared under the pseudonym 'Ronald Eadie Munro'. Later collections, such as 'Clydesdale' (1971), 'A Cled Score' (1974), and 'In the small hours or about to be' (1984) have been pulished under his own name. His other publications include, as editor: 'Hugh MacDaiarmid and the Scottish Renaissance' (1964) and 'The Akros Anthology of Scottish Poetry 1965-70' (1970). He married Margaret in January 1957.
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