Literature

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.

Dr Osborne Henry Mavor CBE LL.D M.D a.k.a James Bridie

OH Mavor James Bridie
Medic, Playwright, Dramatist and Patron of Scotland’s Performing Arts

Osborne Henry Mavor was born in Glasgow on 3 January 1888, the eldest son of Henry Alexander Mavor (1858–1915) and his wife, Janet Osborne (1860–1926).

Henry Mavor was a man of many gifts who, having been compelled for financial reasons to abandon the study of medicine, subsequently made a moderately comfortable living as an engineer. ‘The houses in which the Mavors lived had an atmosphere of dignity and good manners and a smell of old books and ink’. So wrote his son O. H. Mavor in One Way of Living his acclaimed autobiography.

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.

Robin Lloyd Jones

Robin Lloyd-Jones Author and Helensburgh Hero
Award winning author, Teacher and passionate defender of Free Speech

Robin was born in London on the 5th October 1934, and spent six years of his early childhood in pre-independence India as a ‘child of the British Raj’, whilst his father served as an Indian Army officer. In 1946 Robin returned to the UK and completed his education at Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon and Cambridge University, where he obtained a MA degree in Social Anthropology.

Sam Wilding

Sam Wilding Helensburgh Heroes
Author of children's fantasy books and asthma awareness champion

'Sam Wilding is an exciting new voice to the world of young adult writing. He brings his story to life with such wonderful details that the characters seem to jump out of the pages. Too soon I found myself at the end of the book wanting more. I look forward to his next tale.' So wrote reviewer Stephani Hecht on reading Sam’s first novel – The Magic Scales.

Described as a ‘breath of fresh air for fantasy’, author Sam Wilding was born Paul Murdoch in Braeholm, Helensburgh, on the 9th of May 1961.

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.

Helen MacInnes

Helen McInnes
The Queen of Spy Writers

Helen Clark MacInnes was born on October 7th, 1907 in Glasgow. Helen attended Hermitage School, Helensburgh and then Glasgow High School for Girls.

Helen MacInnes earned an M.A. degree at Glasgow University in 1928. In 1929-1930, Helen was selector of county library book acquisitions, Dunbartonshire Education Authority and received her diploma in librarianship from University College, London, in 1931.

Cecil Day Lewis

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Poet Laureate

Day Lewis was born on April 27, 1904, in Ballin Ireland, the only child of the Rev. F. C. Day Lewis.

When Cecil was 4, his mother died and the family moved to England. He was educated at Sherborne School on a scholarship and was an exhibitioner at Wadham College, Oxford.

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.

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.

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