Duncan Bush (1946-) was born in Cardiff. He was educated at Warwick University and Wadham College, Oxford. He first came to prominence in 1974 when he won the Welsh Arts Council’s Young Poets Competition. Since then, in addition to his short fiction and work for theatre and television, he has published seven volumes of poetry and three novels.
In 1995 he was awarded the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year for his collection of poetry, Masks (1994).
Bush is particularly good at exploring the impact of political forces on individual lives. His first novel, The Genre of Silence (1988), combines reportage, poetry and autobiography to describe the persecution of fictional 1930’s Russian poet, Victor Bal, whilst his second novel explores masculinity in the context of the 1984/5 miners’ strike in south Wales.
Bush is also a translator and has published important translations of French and Italian poetry in English. He divides his time between Luxembourg and south Wales.