Herbert Lomas (poet)

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Herbert Lomas (7 February 1924 – 9 September 2011) was a British poet and translator. He served in the infantry from 1943 to 1946).[1] He then graduated from University of Liverpool, and taught at the University of Helsinki and Borough Road College. Lomas was a "prolific translator" from Finnish.[2][3] In Finland, Lomas was married to Anna-Liisa Partanen (née Aatila) from 28 July 1956 to 29 May 1968. They had no children together but Lomas was stepfather to Anna-Liisa's four children. Later, Lomas married Mary Marshall Phelps on 29 June 1968; they had one son and one daughter.[4]




  • Chimpanzees are blameless creatures, Mandarin Books, 1969
  • Who needs Money?, Blond and Briggs, 1972
  • Private and confidential, London Magazine Editions, 1974
  • Public Footpath, Anvil Press, 1981
  • Fire in the garden Oxford University Press, 1984
  • Letters in the Dark Oxford University Press, 1986
  • Trouble Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992
  • Selected Poems Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995, ISBN 978-1-85619-613-0
  • A Useless Passion London Magazine Editions, 1999
  • The Vale of Todmorden Arc Publications, 2003, ISBN 978-1-900072-81-6
  • A Casual Knack of Living - Collected Poems Arc Publications, 2009, ISBN 978-1-906570-41-5


  • Territorial Song, London Magazine Editions, 1981
  • Contemporary Finnish Poetry, Bloodaxe Books, 1991, ISBN 978-1-85224-147-6
  • Fugue by Kai Nieminen. Musta Taide, Helsinki, 1992
  • Wings of Hope and Daring, 1992
  • Wings of the Fingertips are Opening by Leena Krohn. Musta Taide, Helsinki, 1993
  • The Black and the Red by Ilpo Tiihonen. Making Waves, 1993
  • Narcissus in Winter by Risto Ahti, Making Waves, 1994
  • The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna. Peter Owen, 1995
  • Two Sequences for Kuhmo by Lauri Otonkoski & Kuhmon Kamarimusikin. Kannatusyhdistys RY, 1994
  • Eeva-Liisa Manner: Selected Poems, Making Waves, 1997
  • Three Finnish Poets, London Magazine Editions, 1999
  • A Tenant Here: Selected Poems of Pentti Holappa. Dedalus Press, 1999
  • Gaia, a Musical for Children by Ilpo Tiihonen. Suomen Kansallisteatteri, 2000
  • Troll: a love story by Johanna Sinisalo. Grove Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8021-4129-3


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