Carnduff, Thomas

Thomas Carnduff
Thomas Carnduff. Image source lagan-press.org.uk

Thomas Carnduff was born in Belfast in 1886.

He worked at a variety of jobs, at the Belfast shipyards and elsewhere, and also served as a sapper in the Royal Engineers during the First World War. He later served in the Ulster Special Constabulary.

His poetry is collected as Songs from the Shipyard and other Poems (Belfast, E.H. Thornton, 1924); and Song of an Out of Work (Belfast, Quota Press, 1932). These volumes were posthumously republished as Poverty Street and Other Poems (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 1993).

His plays include Workers (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1932); Machinery (The Abbey Theatre, 1933); Traitors (Belfast, The Empire Theatre, 1934); and Castlereagh (The Empire Theatre, 1935). He also wrote a number of plays for radio.

Carnduff: Life & Writings, ed. John Gray, was published by the Lagan Press, Belfast, in 1994.

A founding member of Belfast P.E.N., he died in Belfast in 1956.


Thomas Carnduff at Writing from the North of Ireland (Sarah Ferris)Thomas Carnduff at Lagan Press

Thomas Carnduff at The National Library of Ireland