1921-1995; b. Burnley, Lancashire, of working-class parents; ed Burnley
Grammar School and Manchester University; assistant principal, Board of
Trade, London; transferred to Ministery of Commerce, Belfast, 1948; permanet
secretary of Minister of Health; retired 1984; member of British Council
from 1985; member of board of British Advisory Committee; also chairman
of Bryson House; published poetry, A Prospect of the West (1970); Corncrake in October (1978); Running Repairs (1983); Limbo (1991), with epigraph from Cavafy (Always you must have Ithaca
in your mind./Arrival there is your predestined end.); Collected
Poems (Lagan Press 1997).
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Hobsbaum, The Belfast Group: A Recollection, Éire-Ireland
32, 2&3 (Summer/Autumn 1997), pp.173-82.
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Padraic Fiacc, Goodbye to Norman Dugdale, column in Fortnight Review (April 1997), p.40; notes Dugdales Collected
Poems issued by Lagan Press; Fortnight also prints Louis
MacNeice, Remembrance of Things Past; How to become
an Alexandrian; Beginnings and Ends; Afternoon
in Early March: East Belfast; Theodotos. (p.41); note
that Fiacc dedicated Red Earth (1997) to Dugdale.
Robert Greacen, reviewing Collected Poems, quotes Maurice Hayes: [he was] a wonderful
man to work for and one deeply committed to producing an fairer and more
equal society. As well as that he was a poet of some quality, a widely
and deeply read man, and the translator of the modern Greek poet C. P.
Cavafy. (Minority Verdict); further, called himself a metic,
Greek for resident alien. (Books Ireland, May 1998,