Duncan Gillies MacLaurin
I was born in Glasgow in 1962. In 1986 I met a Danish writer, Ann Bilde, and settled in Denmark. I'm a teacher, poet, singer-songwriter, essayist, reviewer and translator. In 1999 I translated Hans Tyrrestrup's collected poems.
About:I'm a teacher, poet, singer-songwriter, essayist, reviewer and translator who lives in Denmark.
I was born in Glasgow on 22nd June 1962.
I attended boarding schools in Perthshire from the ages of 8 to 18 and won an Exhibition in Classics to New College, Oxford. I passed Classics Moderations, but left soon afterwards without a degree, disappointed with Classical Philosophy’s dictum, “Poetry does not exist”.
In 1984, I signed up for reading French, Anthropology and Psychology at London University, but took to playing trombone on the street instead. In 1985, I busked in Gibraltar for three months. Back in London, my home patch was the subway (AE: underpass) beside the Hammersmith Odeon. I began to write poetry.
In 1986, I went busking in Italy and met a Danish writer, Ann Bilde. We ended up in Belgrade together, where I purchased a guitar. Settling in Denmark, I began to turn my poetry into song. Ann and I were married in 1987, and we were a couple until her death in 2020.
I took degrees in English and Latin at Aarhus University and taught both subjects at gymnasium, first in Esbjerg (1995-2014) and then in Frederikshavn (2014-2023). I chucked it in after a number of my students had complained about me expressing my grief for my late wife in class.
In 1999 I translated Hans Tyrrestrup's collected poems From the Palette of Words, published at Attika Press
My poetry has been published widely, including three collections of poetry and twenty pieces in three recent American anthologies, Extreme Sonnets I & II and Extreme Formal Poetry.