Richard Livermore (1944-2020)

As if this year wasn’t bad enough already, but grim news this morning from Edinburgh about my friend, the poet Richard Livermore. He died last night in St. Columba’s Hospice after a long bout with peritoneal cancer. He dealt with his terminal illness in a dignified, candid and often darkly witty way. I’m not going to go into a full-on eulogy here, I merely want to share with you what I think is one of the best pictures of Richard, taken in (I think the late 1970s or early 1980s) by the legendary photographer Sunil Gupta. Richard is on the right and his then partner Bernie is on the left. A few months before Richard died he entrusted to me his paper archive which also included photos. This picture is slightler longer than A4 and as such would not fit in the envelope so Richard just folded it in half!!!

Image by Sunil Gupta

7 thoughts on “Richard Livermore (1944-2020)

  1. Thanks for posting this. I was good friends with Richard and Bernie oh so long ago. I shared a flat with them in Edinburgh in 1973/74 but sadly lost touch about 5 years later.

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    1. Dear David: This is the first time I have dared myself to visit this site and so wonderful to see you have also visited. Laird


  2. Strange… I did know Richard Livermore but I just found Grendel’s Song, his first collection of poems, published in 1975, and felt I had to read it. Then I thought I would find out more about him on Google only to discover your post.


  3. Have just chanced upon this. It’s many years since I last saw Richard, and I am astonished to see he was still in Edinburgh. All the more sad was his passing in a time of Covid.


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