butler

READERS’ STORIES: The butler, the cat and Sir James

My visit was to the main house of a large estate, and it stood at the end of a tree lined drive. The central elegant...
Where exactly is the North?

POETRY: Where exactly is the North?

Kevin Fitzpatrick via email Where exactly is The North? Just how South does it go? Coz ministers responsible Admit that they don’t know Is it where they dug for...
private thoughts

POETRY: Private Thoughts (King, Country and ‘Mam’)

By Rod Butterworth, Rochdale War was declared and the call came “Your country is in need of you NOW!’’ A thousand and then thousands more Came forward shouting,...
video

Ben Taylor is a master of Yorkshire dialect poetry | Yorkshire...

A master of Yorkshire dialect, Ben Taylor writes his witty and poignant verses whilst out walking his sausage dog, Barbara, through the glorious countryside...
dark satanic mills

A Century of Smog

The poem ‘And did those feet in ancient time’- now universally known as ‘Jerusalem’ and used as an improvised national anthem of England at...
Jim Atherton

Farewell to ‘The Bard of Darwen’ – Jim Atherton

Northern Life says a sad but fond farewell to ‘The Bard of Darwen’ Jim Atherton, who died at the age of 90. Jim was...
The Boyfriend

POETRY: The Boyfriend

Rod Butterworth, Rochdale Young Vanessa, sweet girl with charm Had brought her boyfriend, arm in arm, To meet her mum and dad for tea, “It’s only right to...
Postman

The perils of being a postman

After my first four idyllic years working in Earby as a village postman, all we four foot-sloggers were transferred to the bigger Crown Office...
A Strand of Hair by David Hall

READERS’ STORIES: A Strand of Hair

Olive reached into the wardrobe and took out the suit her husband had worn to work the previous day - the day on which...
Out of order – thoughts on the murder of Jo Cox

POETRY: Out of order – thoughts on the murder of Jo...

You left your life Out of order Gone from a world Ringing with discord. Left a family One parent down One still standing Getting used to bereft. Lost your life Before your time Before...

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