Concrete Poetry - Alan Riddell
Alan Riddell, Poet, Artist and Journalist, was born of Scottish parents in Townsville, Australia in 1927. He was educated in Scotland where he founded the Scottish Poetry Magazine Lines in 1952. He worked as a journalist in Scotland, England and Australia. He had his first one-man exhibition of Screen-Printed Concrete Poems, at the New 57 Gallery in Edinburgh in 1971. His seminal books Eclipse, Concrete Poems 1963-1971, and Typewriter Art came out in 1972 and 1975. His Concrete Poetry has been exhibited in many group shows, among them Celebration of Guillaume Apollinaire (ICA London 1968), Print Show (Gallery A. Sydney, 1969), Concrete Poetry (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1970), Typewriter Art (New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh, 1973), Experiments in Visual Poetry (Morioka Gallery, Morioka, Japan, 1975) He died suddenly in 1977 aged 50.