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Gerard Benson has died. | 03-May-14

Bradford's poet laureate Gerard Benson has died aged 83.

Gerard Benson had recently returned from the BBC in London where he had made recordings for the Poetry Archive.  He had been due to perform at a Poetry In the City event in Bradford this summer as part of Ilkley Literature Festival's fringe celebrations. His Memoir of A Jobbing Poet will be published later this year and there are plans to print a book dedicated to his Bradford poems.  A Quaker, a poet and a teacher, Gerard Benson had worked as an intelligence decoder in Britain and as an actor.  He was appointed Bradford's poet laureate in 2008.  In London he was a key figure in the Poems on the Underground scheme that started 27 years ago.

Gerard Benson read at a Special Editions event at the Poetry Library in April 2011.

The Guardian obituary by Judith Chernaik and Michael Rosen can be read here

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