Neil Clarkson Launched

Neil Clarkson’s debut collection Build You Again in Wood was launched yesterday at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield, to an audience of about 25. Neil has been ill for a fortnight but struggled in and read excellently, gaining strength through the evening from the appreciative response to his wonderful poems. He demonstrated the versatility of his writing, taking us from the Yorkshire dialect through a whimsical but pointed take on social and political issues, concluding with the moving autism sequence. In the last-named he was accompanied between poems by the finger-picking of his guitarist friend, Tom.
Guest readers were Charlotte Wetton and Nigel King. They’ve never read better and did full justice to their marvellous material, which augurs well for their forthcoming Calder Valley Poetry publications.
A huge thank you to those who came along, braving the wake of Storm Doris. There was a lovely atmosphere in that Albert back room, as there always is.

It’s tonight! Launch of ‘Build You Again in Wood, poems by Neil Clarkson

Build You Again in Wood, the poems of Neil Clarkson, will be launched this evening at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield (opposite the library) from 7.30 pm. Guest readers Charlotte Wetton and Nigel King. See you there, in your thousands.
‘… humour, audacious imagery and an anarchic and effective use of rhyme and rhythm …’ Stephanie Bowgett
‘Passion, compassion, deadpan Yorkshire wit and clarity of vision …’ John Duffy

Michael Haslam’s Scaplings launched

Michael Haslam’s new collection Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul was launched last evening, the day after his 70th birthday, at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, in the company of a large audience of poets, friends and family. Michael’s poems (collection available from this website in a day or two) take us historically, linguistically and topographically around the upper Calder Valley, its cloughs and groughs, sikes and slacks, royds and goits and lumbs, and much more. He was on great form, explaining his 36-poem sequence, in particular his fascination with the enigmatic star jelly.
Guest poets were Peter Riley, who read a dozen new Pennine Tales, in which there are still lights in isolated farmhouses, moorland buses (the 594 Crimsworth Dene) and the Hare and Hounds at Lane Ends, and Mark Hinchliffe, with his paeans to Ted Hughes, Billy the Kid and others.
Thanks to all who came along; especial thanks to Michael Haslam and his poems.

Haslam – Scaplings – Stubbing Wharf – TONIGHT

IT’S TONIGHT! SEE YOU THERE.

The launch of Michael Haslam’s poetry collection Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul. Friday 17th February, 7.30 pm, upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf, Kings Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5HL. Guest readers Peter Riley and Mark Hinchcliffe. This is Calder Valley Poetry’s first publication of 2017, the first of four which are coming up in the next month. Please come along. It’s free. Someone might even buy you a half. (This is not a promise.)
‘… dialect and science, the meanings of place names, star jelly and deoxyribonucleic acid … the song of where he is, which is the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire and the world …’ (Peter Riley)

Launch of Scaplings

IT’S TONIGHT! SEE YOU THERE.

There are now two days to go before the launch of Michael Haslam’s poetry collection Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul. Friday 17th February, 7.30 pm, upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf, Kings Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5HL. Guest readers Peter Riley and Mark Hinchcliffe. This is Calder Valley Poetry’s first publication of 2017, the first of four which are coming up in the next month. Please come along. It’s free. Someone might even buy you a half. (This is not a promise.)
‘… dialect and science, the meanings of place names, star jelly and deoxyribonucleic acid … the song of where he is, which is the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire and the world …’ (Peter Riley)

Forthcoming Launches

Friday 17 February, 7.30 pm – Stubbing Wharf, Kings Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5HL. Scaplings by Michael Haslam.
‘A publication by Michael Haslam is an event of some significance.’
(David Herd)
(Guest readers Mark Hinchliffe and Peter Riley.)

Thursday 23 February, 7.30 pm – Albert Hotel, Huddersfield. Build You Again in Wood by Neil Clarkson.
‘… a singular and powerful poetic voice …’ (Stephanie Bowgett)
(Guest readers Nigel King and Charlotte Wetton.)

Thursday 2 March, 7.15 pm – Brighouse Library. Out of Bounds by Ross Kightly.
‘The poems, like their author, are tireless and irrepressible.’
(Helena Nelson)
(Guest readers Gaia Holmes, Siobhan Morrissey
and Winston Plowes.)

Thursday 16 March, 7.30 pm – Victorian Craft Beer Café, 18-22 Powell Street, Halifax, HX1 1LN. I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand by Charlotte Wetton.
‘… compelling and charged … I’ve been looking forward to this pamphlet
for a long time.’ (Helen Mort)
(Guest readers Anthony Costello and Steve Ely.)