James Simmons

James Simmons

James Simmons with his head resting on his hand on the edge of a bench, looking off and to the right

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James Simmons was born in Derry in 1933 and educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and at Leeds University. During the years of the Belfast Group he published three collections of his poems: Late But in Earnest (1967), In the Wilderness (1969), and Energy to Burn (1971). During this period he also recorded two albums, Resistance Cabaret and Love in the Post, while also teaching in Lisburn. In the 1960's Simmons lived and taught in Nigeria. After returning to Northern Ireland, he founded the literary magazine The Honest Ulsterman which he edited for the first two years.

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  • Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons VIAF - spouse
  • Paul Muldoon VIAF Wikipedia - mentions, correspondedWith
  • Frank Ormsby VIAF Wikipedia - colleague, correspondedWith
  • Derek Mahon VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
  • McGuckian, Medbh, 1950- VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Michael Longley VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
  • Peter Fallon VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Seamus Heaney VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
  • Foley, Imelda VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Tony Harrison VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Soyinka, Wole VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Churchill VIAF - mentions


  • The Honest Ulsterman Wikipedia - founderOf
  • New University of Ulster VIAF - worksFor
  • Queen's University of Belfast Wikipedia - worksFor
  • Ahamadu Bello University Wikipedia - worksFor
  • gatherings of writers known simply as "the group." VIAF - mentions, affiliation