This is a sculpture of Ted Hughes at the former Mexborough Grammar School, where we had a wonderful launch, on Saturday 4th December, of the Calder Valley Poetry publication Ted is perusing.
Launch on Saturday 4th December, 2-4pm in the library at Mexborough Grammar School, where Massingham, Ted Hughes and Ian Parks were pupils. (Massingham and Hughes near contemporaries; Parks much, much younger.)
‘His voice is built from Yorkshire stone, from voices in the street …’ Ian McMillan
‘ one of the great neglected poets of the twentieth century.’ Donald Davie
‘an extraordinary poet: dogged but luxurious, restrained but brave’ Sarah Wimbush
‘Damage and loss resonate through Snig in quietly devastating details … Underdown finds restoration in attentiveness to the shared world in which we make our home … precise, observant poems’.
‘a multifarious collection which takes you from the sluicing tides of Crosby Beach to a sequence of Shakespeare’s women … rich and varied … will take you to unexpected and memorable places.
To buy a copy of David Underdown’s new collection, go to the Calder Valley poetry Bookshop page – https://caldervalleypoetry.com/book-shop/
Friday 9th July at the legendary Black Dyke Mills
This Sunday, 25th April at 6.45 pm. ‘Between the Ears’. Follow this link to John Foggin’s excellent appraisal of Alison’s epic account of her serious injury and slow recovery – https://johnfogginpoetry.com/2021/04/19/catching-up-alison-locks-lure/
From Caroline Gill’s poetry blog:
Lure, published by Calder Valley Poetry, is described by Cathy Galvin on the back as Alison Lock‘s ‘liminal journey’ in and through a landscape of mud, rock and water. Alison wrote the poems during a spell of recovery from a very serious accident that occurred in this beautiful but bleak setting of hills and watercourses. The narrative may be dark in places, and while the poet’s approach reveals the tenacity of the human spirit, her language sparkles with the lustre of a Yorkshire river on a crisp and chilly morning.