“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.

LAUNCH of ‘HUSHINGS’ by PETER RILEY

LAUNCH of ‘HUSHINGS’ by PETER RILEY

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 (www.caldervalleypoetry.com)

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

It’s Tomorrow.

Don’t miss this. Launch of Nigel King’s ‘intelligent, funny yet moving … lyrical’ (K. Hutson) poetry collection What I Love about Daleks. Tomorrow, 4th July, 7.30 pm at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield, HD1 2QF. Guest readers Mary Matusz and Jack Faricy.

Nigel King Launch

The launch of Nigel King’s collection What I Love about Daleks is on Tuesday 4th July, 7.30 pm, at The Albert Hotel, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield HD1 2QF. Guest readers are Mary Matusz and Jack Faricy.

‘This is a collection that is utterly accessible and intelligent, funny yet moving, both lyrical and down-to-earth. It is riddled with the joy of being here, now, alive. King breaks down the Keep Out barriers lesser poets often erect – and he does it with elegance and wonderful panache.’ Keith Hutson

Fay Musselwhite, Matthew Clegg and Michael Haslam: A Review

Elliptical Movements

Contraflow by Fay Musselwhite, Longbarrow Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1906175306, £12.99

The Navigators by Matthew Clegg, Longbarrow Press, 2015, ISBN 9781906175269, £12.99

Scaplings  by Michael Haslam, Calder Valley Poetry, ISBN 9780993497384, £7.00

contraflow-cover-6-aprContraflow is Fay Musselwhite’s first collection, a substantial book of over 100 pages in Longbarrow’s typically handsome, pleasingly designed hardback series. It’s a book full of people doing things and the writing is suitably muscular and physical to reflect this. Often the activity is heavy with a sense of necessity, things done to ensure survival, be it foraging for firewood:

Alone or in pairs by dark we go,

every day or so, for armfuls that warm us

twice at least – as we handle it home,

cleave it apart for the hearth brought to light

by peeling back years of emulsion, paper, tin

and a squatting of soot.

[From ‘Firewood’]

or visiting a friend in a block of…

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