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
  • Frank Ormsby VIAF Wikipedia - colleague, correspondedWith
  • Simmons, James, 1933- VIAF - sameAs
  • Paul Muldoon VIAF Wikipedia - mentions, correspondedWith
  • McGuckian, Medbh, 1950- VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Derek Mahon VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
  • Michael Longley VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
  • Tony Harrison VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Soyinka, Wole VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Fallon, Peter, 1951- VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Foley, Imelda VIAF - correspondedWith
  • Seamus Heaney VIAF Wikipedia - correspondedWith
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  • gatherings of writers known simply as "the group." VIAF - mentions, affiliation
  • The Honest Ulsterman Wikipedia - founderOf
  • Queen's University of Belfast Wikipedia - worksFor
  • Ahmadu Bello University. Wikipedia - worksFor
  • New University of Ulster VIAF - worksFor
  • University of Leeds VIAF - alumniOf