Adrian Campbell

Adrian CampbellSon of Classics Professor A.Y.Campbell and Literary Critic Olwen Campbell – ‘but I was not academic!’ 

Started to write poems in teenage years (surprise!) some of which got published in the school magazine ( Bryanston Saga) and again (through help of his enlightened Zoology Tutor, Dr. Frank Hollick) in University Magazine.  

Called up after two years and turned down (even for Fire Service) because of asthma tendency, he joined E. Martin Browne’s Pilgrim Players and toured with them. Got into the reformed Old Vic Company when Olivier and Richardson were released from the Services.  Chorus parts in Richard III and Peer Gynt.  

Asthma eventually ousted him from that and, realising he would never ‘make it’ in the theatre, also having done some set designs and scene painting, he trained to teach art at Bath Academy of  Art, Corsham.  

He has been ‘teaching’, i.e. encouraging people of all ages to draw and paint, print-make etc, ever since.

Note: Between 12yrs and 14yrs he made a model of the ‘Queen Mary 1st’ liner out of a gatepost, plywood and tin – fretsawing every upper deck window and making the funnels from tin and wire.


Vincent van Gogh a poem about his life and some of his paintings 2004 (limited edition, Apex Publishing); River of Years 2006.

Poems also appeared in the publications by Cassandra Press Poems of a Family and Family Album II and in the second Anthology published by Fire River Poets, 1996.

Some of Adrian’s poems:

Childhood is me
River of Years
The boy with two buckets
Time has me quartered in its heraldry
To sing out sometimes