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Dr Joe Murray is a well-known Glasgow poet with broad reach having both an academic career in ecology and environmental science, as well as having played pivotal roles in the development of arts and culture in the city. In his artistic career his work has been published in various magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland and a short poetry collection called, Ruchazie Moon. Additionally he is the former editor of West Coast Magazine, of Taranis Books, and was director of EM-Dee Productions. He continues to work for and on behalf of STAGE, Scottish Talent Across Generations in Europe. Set up in early 90s as part of Scotland in Europe (SIE) the organisation brings together older and younger people involved in art forms such as music, drama, writing, and photography, and devises ways in which they can collaborate. For more than twenty years Joe worked with landmark fiction writer Alasdair Gray, as a producer, researcher and designer. He also worked for many years as a Countryside Ranger and as an Education Manager (mainly children's learning) with the National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Castle and Country Park and at Pollok House in Glasgow, respectively. His work in Glasgow, in arts, and in the environment has also informed the work of Chris Stephens MP.
Connection to Glasgow
I was born in Glasgow many, many years ago and have lived here most of my life. Glasgow and Scotland have inspired most of my work: artistic and academic.
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