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David Betteridge

David Betteridge was born in the English Midlands in 1941. Long resident in Glasgow, he is now retired from a career in teaching and teacher-training in Scotland, with short spells overseas, in Nepal, Norway, Pakistan and Sweden. He has published two books of poetry, both with Smokestack Books: Granny Albyn’s Complaint (2008),  a collection of his own poems reflecting (and reflecting on) Glasgow’s radical traditions; and A Rose Loupt Oot (2011), of which he was the editor, containing the work of fifty contributors, celebrating a notable event in the history of the Labour Movement, the UCS work-in of 1971-72. With the designer Tom Malone, he has also published, with Rhizome Press, a number of poetry pamphlets, including an elegy for the crew of the Solway Harvester, lost at sea in 2000, called Countervailing (2010). Verses from another pamphlet, Beyond; and Other Journeys (2009), were included in a choral symphony by a composer-friend, Ronald Stevenson, his Praise of Ben Dorain, performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, in 2008. Selected poems have been published in Acumen, Agenda, Anon, Cencrastus, Chapman, Gutter, Markings, New Writing Scotland, Northwords, and Poetry Scotland.

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