Tom Leonard, the poet, was born in Glasgow and attended Lourdes Secondary School. He then studied at Glasgow University and later became a member of Philip Hobsbaum’s Glasgow Writer’s group, which included James Kelman and Alasdair Gray.
His first collection, Six Glasgow Poems, was published in 1969. His subsequent work includes Intimate Voices: Poems 1965-1983, which was republished in 2003 by Etruscan Books; Etruscan also published another recollection of poetry, Access to the Silence: Poems 1984-2004, in 2005. Tom has also written other essays and articles over the years and collaborated on books, like Three Glasgow Writers, with James Kelman and Alex Hamilton. Places of the Mind: the Life and Work of James Thomson was published by Cape in 1993 and Reports from the Present: Essays, Political Satires and Poems 1982-1994 was published by Cape in 1995. He also wrote a radio play in 1979, ‘If Only Bunty Was Here’.
Leonard has been the writer in residence at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, at Bell College of Technology and at Renfrew District Libraries. While at Renfrew Libraries he edited Radical Renfrew: Poetry from the French revolution to the First World War, which was published by Polygon in 1990.