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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Simon Armitage and Mark Hinchcliffe

For the benefit of poetry lovers from Huddersfield and beyond! A poetry reading by Simon Armitage and Mark Hinchcliffe.

Simon has just published his 11th collection. Mark’s debut collection came out last year. (The Raven and the Laughing Head, published by Calder Valley Poetry –

Compered by Stephanie Bowgett, one of the original Albert Poets.

Thursday 30th March – 7:30pm – Albert Hotel, Huddersfield (opposite the Library) – FREE admission – donations welcome.

Very limited seating – So don’t be late!