Tom Leonard is best known for his poetry written in the urban speech of the Glasgow area, which was revolutionary when his first collection ‘Six Glasgow Poems’ was published in 1969. The shortest of these, ‘Cold isn’t it’, consists of only two lines: “wirraw init thigithir missyz / geezyir kross”. By writing poetry with a regional accent, Leonard proves that one does not have to be part of the literary elite or speak ‘Queen’s English’ to write or enjoy poetry. A born and bred Glaswegian, Leonard has been writer in residence at several universities and libraries, and was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His work has been collected in two volumes, ‘Intimate Voices’ (1984) and ‘Reports from the Present’ (1995).