Alex Main

Tom Leonard, born 1944. Poet (About 2004)

About this artwork

Tom Leonard is best known for his poetry written in the urban speech of the Glasgow area, which was revolutionary when his first collection ‘Six Glasgow Poems’ was published in 1969. The shortest of these, ‘Cold isn’t it’, consists of only two lines: “wirraw init thigithir missyz / geezyir kross”. By writing poetry with a regional accent, Leonard proves that one does not have to be part of the literary elite or speak ‘Queen’s English’ to write or enjoy poetry. A born and bred Glaswegian, Leonard has been writer in residence at several universities and libraries, and was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His work has been collected in two volumes, ‘Intimate Voices’ (1984) and ‘Reports from the Present’ (1995).

Alex Main

Alex Main

Born in Edinburgh, Main graduated from Loughborough College of Art in 1975 and has exhibited throughout Britain. He was a portrait sculptor who worked in bronze. Main was chosen to sculpt writer Neil Gunn's memorial in Dunbeath. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Edinburgh Park (a large new business district west of the city) commissioned portraits of 20th century Scottish poets from him.