Dannie Abse hurt, wife killed in car accident

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Welsh poet Dannie Abse (81) and his wife Joan (78) were involved in a car crash while driving from Golders Green to their holiday home in Ogmore-by-Sea, South Wales. Mrs. Abse died instantly; Mr Abse suffered a broken rib. The driver of the other vehicle was unhurt. The couple was returning from a poetry reading that they both had given.

Dannie Abse is an esteemed Jewish writer who lives in Glamorgan, South Wales. Joan Abse, his wife, was an art historian and writer. Dannie Abse is well-known for being a poet and a medical doctor. Abse, in fact, was a specialist at a chest clinic for over thirty years. But Abse is best known for his writings and has received numerous literary awards and fellowships. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from the Universities of Wales.

The couple worked together editing two books in the 1980s.

Joan Abse leaves behind her husband, a son, and two daughters.