Norman Buller was born and grew
up in Birmingham, England. He
was educated at Fircroft College in
Birmingham and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read
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 et al, but throughout that time published just one pamphlet, Thirteen Poems, in 1965.
Buller flared into print 30 years later
with a pamphlet Travelling Light
(Waterloo, 2005). Three full volumes
followed: Sleeping with Icons
(Waterloo, 2007), Fools and Mirrors
(2010), and Powder on the Wind (2011), all highly praised by critics
such as William Oxley, Roland
John and Will Daunt in journals such as Envoi, Poetry Salzburg Review and Acumen.