Peter Riley’s pamphlet Hushings was given a fine send-off last evening in the Media Store at the new Halifax library. A wonderful venue in a wonderful building. Peter read the poems, a sequel to his earlier publication Pennine Tales, and also read even more recent work on the theme of the upper Calder valley, which has become his adopted home. He also read a poem to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of the birth of WS Graham.

John Foggin, Michael Haslam, Carola Luther and Judith Willson were outstanding guest poets. They and the large audience contributed to a memorable evening.

For details of how to purchase Hushings, and of a special offer from Calder Valley Poetry, follow this link –

National Poetry Day

Celebrate National Poetry Day at the new Halifax Library. Thursday, 7.30 pm. Launch of Peter Riley’s pamphlet, Hushings, in the media store. Wonderful facility. Wonderful poems. Wonderful guest readers – John Foggin, Michael Haslam, Carola Luther, Judith Willson. Refreshments. Free admission. Not to be missed.

“HUSHINGS’ by Peter Riley. One week to go.

Only seven days before the launch of Peter Riley’s pamphlet, Hushings, at the new Halifax Library, 7.30 pm, Thursday 28th September. Don’t forget admission is FREE and there are refreshments.

Peter has published 24 principal collections of poetry and about 20 pamphlets, as well as translations, artists’ books, essays and reviews. Ian Duhig says that these poems form ‘a sequence which is often very beautiful … the ordinary and common a source of the miraculous … shows all his strengths and an openness that will make it rewarding to everybody.’

Guest poets are Michael Haslam, Carola Luther, Steve Nash and Judith Willson.

Michael’s most recent publication, in February this year, is Scaplings, Star Jelly, and a Seeming Sense of Soul. Carola, a former Poet in Residence of the Wordsworth trust, brought out her second collection, Arguing with Malarchy (Carcanet) in 2011. Steve’s Calder Valley Codex (Caterpillar Poetry) came out in May, while Judith’s first full collection, Crossing the Mirror Line (Carcanet), will be published next month.



Thursday 28th September, 7.30 pm

at The New Halifax Library (next to the Piece Hall)

Guest readers Michael Haslam, Carola Luther, Steve Nash, Judith Willson.

‘Hushings’ is a second sequence of Pennine Tales by Hebden Bridge resident Peter Riley, again published by Calder Valley Poetry (

This event is kindly promoted by the Calderdale Library Service as part of the celebration of the opening of their new central library.

Admission FREE                   Refreshments