Tom Leonard Finding Aid.
Tom Leonard Collection.
Dates of Creation
Name of Creators
Level of Description
(From wikipedia) Tom Leonard is a Scottish poet, writer and critic. He is best known for his poems written in the Glaswegian dialect of Scots, particularly his Six Glasgow Poems and The Six O’Clock News. His work frequently deals with the relationship between language, class and culture. Leonard was born in Glasgow in 1944. His father was a train-driver who had moved to Scotland from Dublin in 1916. His mother, also of Irish descent, came from Saltcoats and had previously worked at the Nobel dynamite factory in Ardeer.
He began a degree at the University of Glasgow in 1967, but left after two years. While there he met poets including Tom McGrath, Alan Spence, Aonghas MacNeacail and Philip Hobsbaum, and also edited the university magazine. He returned to complete a degree in English and Scottish Literature in the 1970s.
He joined a group of new and distinctive authors, including Philip Hobsbaum, Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Aonghas MacNeacail and Jeff Torrington, of whom Hobsbaum was the nucleus. He has been part of the Scottish literary scene for the past forty years. With Alasdair Gray and James Kelman, he was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow in 2001. He retired from the position in 2009.
Scope and Content
Images from the Tom Leonard web journal, and prose, Two Members Monologues, and A handy Form for artists.
System of Arrangement
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.
Tom Leonard, donated to Spirit of Revolt.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Tom Leonard, Glasgow
Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling
Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy
Could be further accruals.
Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.
Existence of Copies
No known copies
Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.
No known publications
Other Spirit of Revolt collections (Ref: T/SOR) are held at Glasgow City Archives.
Date(s) of Description
Compiled by John Couzin (Volunteer, Spirit of Revolt) March 2014
1. The State Of War.
2. Two Members Monologues and A Handy Form for Artists.
3. Images and Comment
4. Happily Married.
5. Thoughts on the end of the Referendum.
Two images by Tom Leonard on the end of the Scottish referendum. As PDF and other downloads.