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Readers’ Poetry

Astrid Middleton, the bard of Barlick. Photo by Alex Cowland

‘I Am Standing’ by Astrid Middleton, author of My Vision in Words

From Astrid Middleton's book My Vision in Words available from Amazon.

POEM: The Rivers Aire and Worth

Give me the air of the Yorkshire Dales And wind, be it gentle...

POEM: Tracing Paper for Toilet Roll in 1964

I was born on a street with houses built on one side Across...
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POETRY The Old Garden Gate – a remembrance poem

It creaked as he left: The old garden gate He'd promised to fix it But now it was...
The Lancashire Salvager

The Men Who Killed the Dinosaurs

By Eddie Whiteside, Higher Walton, Preston Well I never, reet bad news! The old mill’s coming down, You...
D-Day

Boots 2

He slept with his boots on Although true sleep is alien to him now A cacophony of...
family photos

Here’s how you can keep your memories safe on National Siblings Day

They may be frustrating, or even annoying at times, but most of us cannot imagine...
Poem by Martin Walker

POEM: Eau Naturelle (or Nel Buffo)

I recently visited TOWCESTER The day so hot – t’was a rowcester! I wish this was CHOLMONDELEY I...
Gods own county

POEM: God’s Own County

You can take the lass out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire from ‘lass. And for...
mill

POEM: Up North by John Williams of Colne

My family moved up North at the start of the war We didn’t have much money,...
Mitchell Street Memories

POEM: Mitchell Street Memories by Steven Taylor from Bury

Running up Mitchell Street cobbles After school, my Granddad and me A race to get home to...
Ian Mcmillan

A Teapot As Big As The Moon | Village Halls Week

Here is the centre and here is the hub Here is community held in a room, Here’s...
poem A knight to remember

A ‘Knight’ to remember

Neil Entwistle, Houghton Let me tell you an old fashioned story A Lancashire tale through and through And...
poetry I wish I could Eat a Cake

I Wish I could Eat a Cake

Winifred Dalley, Colne I wish I could eat a cake Without an inch it would make Or strawberry...
poetry Mother knew the rules

Mother Knew the Rules

By Rod Butterworth, Rochdale If your wife looks in the wardrobe And says there’s nothing she can...
pennines

Pennines

By Derry Jones March, Harrogate I’ve seen them from the east I’ve seen them from the west I...
Poetry Milestones

Milestones

Susie Marshall, via Email The girl is growing up, things are changing. Some barely noticed, just tiny...
Anti smacking poem

Anti-smack

Lionel Morton, Rosudgeon, Cornwall To take a big stick or a strap to a child Who may...
poetry Life is a Dream

Life is a dream

By Irene Nutter, Burnley One is born into this world, as we believe. We enter into the...
poetry Wrens

Wrens

By Stewart Earl Emmott, Cleveleys Nesting in the bushes At the far end of my sheltered garden Wrens...
Dreams

Dream

Ethel Bailey, Colne I dream of a world that’s trouble free A world that’s safe to live...

Random Readers' Submission

Spring Drizzle

By Carol Cooper , Darwen Three frogs leave the water, Bent on juicy frogs to slaughter, (They enjoy the mist and damp). Drizzly evenings, light fails early, Yellow lamps...

Three tips for an eco friendly garden

Composting Composting is a great way of being more environmentally friendly while reducing landfill waste and providing much-needed nutrients to your plants. This supply of fresh compost can be used all around the garden,...

ALBUM REVIEW: Stereophonics – Kind, Kelly Jones reveals an extraordinary vulnerability

Available from Amazon Kelly Jones’ vocals always have a raw honesty and never more than on the Stereophonics eleventh studio album Kind, released on 25 October on the Parlophone Records label. Recorded over an eleven-day period...

Tim Bowness on the new No-Man album – Love You To Bits

No Man, Love You To Bits available from Amazon Is it electronica or dance? Is it pop or prog? Love You To Bits, no-man’s first release for eleven years, seems to encompass all of these, an intriguing mix of styles from...