David Attwooll, British poet and publisher, Died at 67


David Attwooll was born in 1949, and died on August 5, 2016.

He was a British poet and publisher.

Attwooll also played drums, performing in an early incarnation of the avant-rock group Henry Cow.

He started a publishing career in 1970 at Oxford University Press, starting as a trainee editor.

He rose to editorial director of trade and reference books, but moved to Century Hutchinson (later part of Random House) in 1989 to be the managing director of their paperback division.

Between 1992 to 2002, David was managing direct of Helicon, which he had founded as a management buyout of Random House’s reference books.

That company was later sold to WH Smith by Attwooll at a price of £5.6 million.

Attwooll Associates was then created by him.

He also wrote poetry.

David short collection Surfacing won a 2012/3 Poetry Business pamphlet prize.

Attwool won the Havant Poetry Competition first prize in 2015.

He died of Erdheim–Chester disease.

David was survived by his wife and three children.

David Attwooll passed away at 67 years old.