Graham (1918 – 1986) was not widely read in his lifetime, despite being lauded by fellow writers including Pinter and TS Eliot. His 1954 long poem ‘The Nightfishing’ is considered to be his breakthrough work, which he further developed into his signature style in ‘Malcolm Mooney's Land’ (1970) and ‘Implements in their Places’ (1977).
Originally from a working-class family from Clydeside, Scotland, Graham had trained as an engineer before moving to Cornwall where he spent his entire adult life. Graham developed a close relationship with many of the St Ives painters, including Roger Hilton, Bryan Winter and Peter Lanyon.
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