The Pennine Poets

Pennine Poets, perhaps the longest surviving poetry workshop group in the country, was 50 years old in 2016. This anthology celebrates the work of then current members. The high quality of the poetry in Fifty:Fifty stands comparison with the successful earlier anthologies that have celebrated the group’s various anniversaries along the way.

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Pennine Poets is a group of acclaimed and widely published writers who meet for monthly creative workshops, stage readings and festivals, and produce a journal, Pennine Platform, which attracts both local and international readers.

Founded in 1966 at Elland Library, the Pennine Poets were based for many years in Heckmondwike, at the home of Mabel Ferrett. The group now meets in Wakefield and online. It has close links with Fighting Cock Press and Graft Poetry.

Pennine Poets have been writing, discussing and celebrating poetry for 50 years. They are one of the longest-running groups in the UK, starting well before the recent boom in creative writing courses. The group’s stalwarts, Josie Walsh, Julia Deakin, Pauline Kirk and Nicholas Bielby have been hugely committed to writing as an expression of all of life’s joys and sorrows. Enjoy this wide ranging and illuminating anthology.
- Miles Salter, Director, York Literature Festival; poet and novelist.

I feel there’s something special about the Pennine Poets. Literary fashions come and go … but groups like the Pennine Poets will carry on championing the idea of well-made verse in whatever style. And I hope they’ll carry on for many years to come.
- Ian McMillan on the Pennine Poets’ fortieth anniversary, 'Poetry, please, especially if it’s from the Pennines', The Yorkshire Post.

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