Norman Buller was born and grew up in Birmingham, England. He was educated at Fircroft College, Birmingham and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read English. He became one of the Cambridge poets of the early 1950s and his verse appeared in magazines and anthologies alongside that of Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes.
From the mid-1950s for about twenty-five years Buller wrote very little. His occupation was in careers advisory work at the universities of Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast and Birmingam. While at Belfast he took part in Philip Hobsbaum’s creative soirée alongside Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and others and throughout that time published only one pamphlet of thirteen poems in 1965, Thirteen Poems (Festival Publications, Queen’s University Belfast, 1965). Buller flared into print 30 years later with a pamphlet Travelling Light (Waterloo, 2005) swiftly followed by his first full collection Sleeping with Icons (Waterloo, 2007) has been widely praised in journals including Envoi and Poetry Salzburg Review.
Buller has been widely published in anthologies and journals including, in the UK, Acumen, Outposts, The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine, The Rialto, Cambridge Left and in the USA, The California Quarterly and The Comstock Review.
His verse has been awarded prizes including first place in the Ware Poetry Competition.
For more information on Norman Buller visit: www.normanbuller.me.uk