· I was very saddened to hear that Glen had died; I have some fond memories of Glen
when he first arrived in Hoxton. We had never met anyone quite like Glen before and
I think we all had an instant likening for him.
I have managed to collect a few obituaries from different newspapers about Glen.
And have put them altogether in a PDF document which you can readHERE.
· Glenn Thompson
A pioneering black publisher, he saw books as a window for opening the minds of the
· It is difficult to write about a hero, because a hero is defined not only by his
qualities but by his actions. And whereas qualities can be enumerated in an obituary,
actions, if they are made to be clear, demand another kind of undying space. Glenn
Thompson, a pioneering publisher who has died aged 60, was for me - and many others
- a hero.
He was born in Brooklyn, to George and Clara Thompson, but his mother died when he
was 11 and, shortly afterwards, his father was sent to prison. Glenn, and his younger
brother Denis, spent their time on the streets of Harlem, and were later placed in
institutions. His gratitude to an unknown teacher who taught him to read and write
was to polarise the rest of his life.
John Berger and Margaret Busby
Wednesday September 12, 2001
· Margaret Busby writes: Never once was Glenn Thompson deterred from his mission
to make a difference through publishing. "It isn't so much how you do it, it's that
you do it" was a precept he espoused to make available books with the potential to
change people's lives, and he was dismayed that current trends in the industry threaten
that sort of publishing. His belief in knowledge being accessible, and in giving
voice to those denied the opportunity to be heard - whether Palestinian or African-American
- was connected with his own route to reading and the written word.