Northern Irish poet and political activist known for The Day of the Corncrake, Out of My Time, and other literary works. He worked for the Belfast Museum & Art Gallery for nearly three decades.
He graduated from Queen's University of Belfast in 1930. His early poems include "Conacre" and "No Rebel Word."
His poem, "Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto," was read at a ceremony in honor of the victims of a 1998 Northern Irish car bombing.
He married Ruby Black, a fellow Socialist, in 1934.
His early work was influenced by the poetry of William Butler Yeats.