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Scaplings by Michael Haslam (Calder Valley Poetry)

In the introduction to issue 1 of folded sheets (foldan sceatas), September 1986, the editor Michael Haslam wrote about his new magazine venture:

“It just aims to sheaf and bind some disparatenesses, making postal ground out of what else might run the risk of being several desperate isolations, facing the claims coherence makes upon identity.” 803 more words


The Poetry of John James Conference

Last Saturday saw Magdalene College, Cambridge, host this conference to celebrate the poetry of John James. It was organised by the current Judith E. Wilson Fellow, Peter Hughes, whose Oystercatcher Press has published both… 382 more words

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Pennine Tales by Peter Riley (Calder Valley Poetry)

Peter Riley’s 1992 chapbook Reader opens with a quotation from J.H. Prynne dated from 15th September 1985:

‘It has mostly been my own aspiration, for example, to establish relations not personally with the reader, but with the world and its layers of shifted but recognisable usage; and thereby with the reader’s own position within this world’. 574 more words

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'Thought is free on the wind-steps' (Peter Riley)

(taken at Kinder Downfall)

Good trail reading for the Peak District and for the times we find ourselves in  – The Ascent of Kinder Scout by Peter Riley (with beautiful cover art by Paul Evans of Kinder Downfall) is light in your pack, but threads heavyweight themes of trespass and civil disobedience, with ideas of Europe, migration and public access, but chiefly commemorates the protest at Kinder Scout in 1932 that ultimately helped lead to the formation of the Countryside and Rights of Way act (CRoW), an act which enshrines our right to roam. 23 more words