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The poet, dramatist, and essayist Tom Leonard was born in Glasgow and educated at Lourdes Secondary School and the University of Glasgow. Much of his work deals with the everyday life of the Glasgow working class, with humerous touches, and is written in unpunctuated phonetic Glaswegian. His published works include Six Glasgow Poems (1969), Bunnit Husslin (1975), Intimate Voices: Writing 1965-83, Reports from the Present: Writing 1982-1994, the play If Only Buntie Was Here (1979), reflections on the Gulf War in On the Mass Bombing of Iraq and Kuwait (1991) and Places of the Mind: The Life and Work of James Thomson (1993). His Access to the Silence will be published later this year.