September 2nd Ronald Bottrall (Birth)

Camborne – born (Francis James) Ronald Bottrall (1906 – 1989) was educated at Redruth Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.  In the 1930s, Bottrall lectured in English at Raffles College in Singapore (1933–37) before being appointed the Assistant Director of the British Institute in Florence (1937–38).  During the war he was the secretary of the School of Oriental and African Studies and then worked for the British Council before becoming a senior civil servant in the Food and Agriculture Organization. 

All the time, Bottrall was writing and publishing his poetry including, most notably:-

  • The Loosening and other Poems (1931)
  • Festivals of Fire (1934)
  • Farewell and Welcome (1945)
  • Adam Unparadised (1954), and
  • Day and Night (1974)

With his wife, Margaret, he published The Zephyr Book of English Verse (1945) and Collected English Verse (1946).


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