Barry Cole

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Barry Cole (13 November 1936 – 26 June 2014) was a British poet.[1]


Cole was born in Woking, Surrey, and was educated at Balham Secondary School in London. He did military service in the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1957.[2] His subsequent career included 1958 employment with Reuters news agency in London, working as a reporter (1965–70), as a senior editor (1974–94) at the Central Office of Information, London.[2] He was Northern Arts Fellow at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham University (1970–72).[3] He published several collections of poems and four novels.[2][4] His 1968 poetry collectiion, Moonsearch, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation.[5]

In 1959, he married Rita Linihan[3] and they had three daughters, Celia, Rebecca, and Jessica.[5] He was a close friend of the writer Bryan Johnson, whose 1973 suicide had a traumatic effect on Cole.[3]



  • Blood Ties (Turret Books, 1967)
  • Moonsearch (1968)
  • Ulysses in the Town of Coloured Glass (London, Turret, 1968)
  • The Visitors (1970)
  • Vanessa in the City (Trigram Press, 1971)
  • Pathetic Fallacies (London, Eyre Methuen, 1973)
  • The Rehousing of Scaffardi (Richmond, Surrey: Keepsake Press, 1976)
  • Dedications (Byron Press: 1977)
  • Inside Outside: New and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press, 1997, ISBN 1-899549-11-0)
  • Ghosts Are People Too (2003)
  • Broken Sonnets (2008)


  • A Run Across the Island (1968)
  • Joseph Winter's Patronage (1969)
  • In Search Of Rita (Methuen, 1970)
  • The Giver (Methuen, 1971)


  1. ^ John Lucas (2014-07-09). "Barry Cole obituary | Books". Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Barry Cole Biography - Barry Cole comments:",
  3. ^ a b c David Belbin, "Barry Cole: Critically acclaimed novelist and poet whose career was overshadowed by the death of his friend BS Johnson", The Independent, 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ WorldCat
  5. ^ a b John Lucas, "Other lives: Barry Cole obituary", The Guardian, 15 July 2014.

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