Norman Hidden was born in Portsmouth and educated at Porthcawl, Hereford Cathedral School, and Brasenose College, Oxford, from which University he obtained an
M.A. degree and a Diploma in Education.
Teacher and Lecturer:
He has taught in this country in Macclesfield, Goole (Yorkshire) and Hornchurch, where he was head of the English department. He spent three years as a lecturer in English at Adrian College, Michigan, USA. From 1964-1975 he was Senior Lecturer in English at the College of All Saints, London.
In later years he has devoted himself to helping poets and poetry, founding "New Poetry" magazine, originating "Poets' Picnic", and launching a series of publications by Workshop Press. In 1968 he was elected Chairman of the General Council of the Poetry Society of Great Britain (National Poetry Centre), was re-elected in 1969 and 1970 and became a Vice-President. For many years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the English Association, of the Council of the National Book League and of the Advisory Council of the English Speaking Board. Adjudicator, Martin Luther King Memorial Literary Award. (1972-9 ).
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His short stories appeared in Pick of the Year's Short Stories as well as in various magazines. Articles on literature have been published in many national and international journals. He was joint editor (1968) of the National Anthology of Student Poetry, and edited two poetry anthologies used in schools: Say It Aloud (Hutchinson, 1972) and Over To You (English Speaking Board, 1975), as well as preparing A Study-tape Guide to 'Under Milk Wood' (Study-tapes Ltd., 1974). He has also published Dr, Kink and His Old Style Boarding School Autobiography (Workshop Press, 1973). His poems appeared in a variety of magazines, and some were broadcast on the BBC Third programme, and were included in the Exposition Spatialiste Internationale (Paris, 1967).
He has read his own poems at the Little Theatre (London), Phoenix Theatre (Leicester), Hornsey Town Hall, Birmingham and Midland Arts Institute, International Students House, etc. He has also read twice in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.