Gordon Kerr

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Gordon Kerr



About me

Writing. Its a life-long thing. Won a prize at school for it when I was 11 (bars of Cadbury’s chocolate) and it seemed like something I could do. First poems at 13 and songs at 15. From then on I was doing it everywhere I went, huddled in quiet corners, shaded by vines, beneath minarets, on buses, trains and planes. And eventually I found I could earn a living with it, because it was something that others valued, a skill like throwing a pot or fixing a leak. Writing. It’s a life.

Gordon’s recent & forthcoming books: You Can’t Get to East Kilbride From Here; Poems (ill. Ralph Steadman) Steam Press/Eliot Books; A Short History of Europe (Pocket Essentials); Art Deco (Masterworks) Poulteney Press; Art Nouveau (Masterworks) Poulteney Press; Dead Famous (Oneworld); Evil Psychopaths (Futura); Fugitives: Life On the Run (Futura); Goners (Abrams Image) US only; Hostages (Futura); Houses of the Dead (Canary Press); Impressionism (Masterworks) Poulteney Press; Killers in Cold Blood (Futura); Leaders Who Changed the World (Futura); Poetry Writers Yearbook 2007 (A&C Black); Poetry Writers Yearbook 2008 (A&C Black); Professional Killers (Futura); Rats & Squealers (Futura); Timeline of the 1960s (Canary Press); Timeline: History of Britain (Canary Press); Timeline: History of the World (Futura); Timeline: Kings & Queens (Canary Press); A Dictionary of Angels (Omnipress); Dead Men Walking (Futura); Great British Losers (Old Street); World Serial Killers (Futura); Writing as Bill Wallace – Mass Killers (Futura); Writing as Madeleine Edgar – Greatest Love Poems (Arcturus); Books Edited – Still Life with Bottle by Ralph Steadman, Ebury Press; Book of Favourite Words (Bloomsbury); The Oddbins Dictionary of Wine, Bloomsbury; Untrodden Grapes by Ralph Steadman, Harcourt; The Joke’s Over; Memories of Hunter S. Thompson by Ralph Steadman, Heinemann;

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