Poetry set in York

Looking for a poetic take on the city of York? Look no further!
Click on any of the authors’ names below to find out more about them at their York Authors profile page.

Cover of Drew - Temporary SafetyRose Drew
Temporary Safety

Fighting Cock Press. May 2011. Paperback
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? Partially
Description: Poems that comment on marriage, motherhood, politics, death and above all, life.
Reviews: ‘Rose Drew has developed her own powerful poetic style, mixing American and British Influences.’ Paul Sutherland
‘I loved it! I felt honoured to have been mentioned, and touched by images of the poet’s daughter.’ Ann Tyler, on “Morgan’s Daughters” from The Machineries of Love.
Awards: No. 9 on the Top 20 Individual Collections: Purple Patch 2011
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cover of Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans DeanAnneliese Emmans Dean
Buzzing! (Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts)
Brambleby Books, 2012. Hardback; 2015 paperback
Genre: Poetry meets natural history. For ages 5 to 12(-ish!)
Set in York? Partially
Description: Be amazed, be amused, be afraid … it’s Buzzing! Enter the factabulous world of garden minibeasts as you’ve never seen them before. A unique cocktail of edu-taining poems, fascinating facts and over 170 of Anneliese’s close-up minibeast photos. A National Insect Week recommended children’s book and teachers’ resource. Includes the ‘Jewel of York’ – the stunning Tansy beetle, only found in York!
Reviews: ‘A fabulous fun-filled flight through the wonderful world of the wiggly, wriggly and giggly … You’ll be edu-entertain-amazed.’ Bumblebee Conservation Trust
‘Anneliese has discovered the poetry in insects, and knows a lot about them too. She has the buzz!’ Sir Quentin Blake, former children’s laureate
***** ‘Likely to be a favourite at home or at school.’ Books for Keeps
‘Recommended to inspire an interest in minibeasts in both children and adults.’ Primary Science
‘A rhyming romp that is captivating, humorous and entertaining … A wonderful fun-filled introduction to the invertebrate world.’ Antenna, Journal of the Royal Entomological Society
‘A delightful partnership of science, poetry and photography … Will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.’ Guardian
***** ‘A fascinating introduction to the invertebrate world … Certainly a book for making learning fun!’ Journal of Biological Education
‘The real stars of the book are its rhymes … Very funny.’ Science
‘Will undoubtedly help youngsters to understand invertebrates and take in information in a memorable way … [and] serve as a bedside companion for more mature entomologists.’ Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists Society
Awards: Winner of the 2015 North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry; Shortlisted for the  Royal Society Young People’s Book Prizenominated for the Carnegie Medal
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Fosdyke_Front_CoverJohn Gilham
Fosdyke and Me and Other Poems
Fighting Cock Press/Stairwell Books.  2010. Paperback.
Genre: Poetry.
Set in York? Partially.
Description: The complete Fosdyke and Me series, charting the lives of two ever-hopeful born losers with 1950s attitudes.  Plus a selection of poems reflecting on our 20th century heritage at the beginning of the 21st.
Reviews: ‘a picaresque lurch from Boy’s Brigade to bedsit, Cawood to Carnaby Street’ Julia Deakin
‘A wonderful celebration of escaping the office to sow wild flowers of discontent’  Helen Cadbury
‘a moving and compelling piece of work which repays reading again and again.’ Andy Humphrey
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Cover of Gillott - Beyond the WindowAlan Gillott
Beyond the Window

Fighting Cock Press. February 2012. Paperback
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? Partially
Description: Poetry that takes the reader from England, to India, to the United States, and places in between.
Reviews:Beyond the Window takes us out into the world. Here is a poet who engages with place and circumstance, ever thoughtful, his personal journey enriched with experience on three continents. He is not afraid to blend seriousness with humour, to delight us with a beautiful love-lyric, or use his deep inner sense of history and landscape to underpin commentary on issues of today.’ John Gilham
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Andy Humphrey A Long Way to FallAndy Humphrey
A Long Way to Fall

Lapwing Press, 2013. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? Partially
Description: Andy Humphrey’s poetry interweaves the timeless voices of nature, myth and fairy story with contemporary tales of love gained and lost, heartbreak and celebration. This debut collection gathers together 17 years’ worth of original poems including many prize winners in literary competitions.
Reviews: ‘Rich in honed descriptive detail that turns the ordinary into the startling’ Bob Beagrie
‘Intelligent but never elitist: we’re all invited to share’ Rose Drew
‘Poems of memory and loss, and of what it means to be human … a stunning debut’ James Nash
Read a sample: Here
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Cover of Kirk - Envying the WildPauline Kirk
Envying the Wild
Fighting Cock Press, 2008
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? Partly
Description: Envying the Wild was the last collection edited by Mabel Ferrett. Illustrated by the author, the poems are set in the north of England and have been performed at many venues and festivals over recent years. They have also been broadcast and published in a wide range of journals.
Reviews: ‘Pauline Kirk’s poems pin down all of our sadnesses and celebrations in their quiet scrutiny of the natural world.’ Antony Dunn
‘Pauline Kirk’s poetry made me stop and think; it touched me deeply and brought my emotions to the surface again and again.’  Alan J Carter. ‘Quantum Leap’
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Cover of Kirk - Walking to SnailbeachPauline Kirk
Walking to Snailbeach: Selected and New Poems
Redbeck Press, 2004
Set in York? Partly
Description: Walking to Snailbeach includes many uncollected poems, and a selection of some of Pauline Kirk’s best known work, which has appeared in a wide range of British and overseas publications. Many of these poems have been performed at northern venues and festivals.
Reviews: ‘Reading Pauline’s words is like having cataracts removed from our inner eyes so that we perceive happenings and emotions with greater clarity and vision. A delightful collection.’ Mary Sheepshanks, poet and novelist
‘She is the poet for people who do not read poetry.’ Poetry Salzburg Review
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