Duncan Glen

(born January 1933 - died September 2008) - Westburn, Cambuslang

The poet, editor, printer and designer Duncan Glen was born in Cambuslang in 1933. He is best known for his championing of the life and work of Hugh MacDiarmid, and for his publishing imprint Akros.

Duncan Glen went to Rutherglen School but left aged just 15 to take up an apprenticeship in print composition. In 1954 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Edinburgh College of Art. After completing national service with the RAF he became a typographic designer with the HMSO, and a freelance designer for publishers in London.

He founded Akros Publications in 1965 to publish Scottish poetry and literary criticism, including his own poetry and essays. During this time he lectured in design, eventually becoming Emeritus Professor of Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University.

In 1977 he was elected Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and won Scottish Arts Council awards in 1974 and 1998. In 2008 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Paisley University.

Duncan Glen died in 2008, and was survived by his wife Margaret and their two children.

Selected Bibliography

  • Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Renaissance - 1964
  • Collected Poems: 1965 - 2005 - 2006
  • Edinburgh Poems - 2008