Literature

W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
One of the greatest writers of the 20th century

Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden, was born on the 21st February 1907, in York. Auden was the third of three children, all sons.

Auden's first school was St. Edmund's School, Hindhead, Surrey, where he met Christopher Isherwood. At 13 he went to Gresham's School in Norfolk. Until 1922 Auden expected to pursue a career as a mining engineer, and the abandoned lead mines of northern England were a "sacred landscape" for him. Then a school friend Robert Medley who was two years ahead of him, first suggested that he might write poetry.

William Auld

William Auld
Pilot, Esperanto Poet, Writer and Thrice Nobel Prize for Literature Nominee

William Auld was born on 6 November 1924 at Hainault, Lesney Park Road, Erith, Kent, the son of Scottish Parents, George Auld, a draughtsman and structural engineer and his wife, Williamina Rose (Minnie), née Roy, a shorthand typist. At the time of his birth his parents lived at 24 Bexley Road, Crayford, Kent. Auld also had a younger sister who was almost 8 years his junior.

George Blake

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Author, Journalist and Broadcaster. Famed for his gritty novels set in and around the shipyards of the Clyde.

"Mr. Blake regards a fine ship as other critics would a Van Gough... If the citizens of a great seafaring nation are ever to learn a bit about ships-they could not do better than trust to the author of this book."so wrote H. M. Tomlinson, British author and journalist, of the George Blake.

George Blake was born on 28 October 1893 at 60 Forsyth Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, the fourth child of Matthew Blake, manufacturer of sugar machinery, and his wife, Ursula Scott McCulloch.

A. J. Cronin

A. J. Cronin
One of the most renowned story tellers of the 20th Century

Archibald Joseph Cronin, best known as the author of Dr Finlay’s Casebook, was born on the 19th July 1896 in Cardross, the only child of a Protestant mother, Jessie Montgomerie Cronin, and a Catholic father, Patrick Cronin.

At an early age, A.J Cronin moved with his family to 7 Prince Albert Terrace, Victoria Road, Helensburgh where they lived until Patrick Cronin, a commercial traveller, passed away when A.J was only 7 years old.

Tom Gallacher

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Playwright & enthusiastic promoter of Scottish Arts

Tom Gallacher was born in Alexandria on February 16 1934. He was the third son and one of five children of Edward and Rose Gallacher, who moved from the Vale of Leven to Garelochhead when he was one.