Tag Archive: Poetry

Considering the Poppy

Poet Simon Armitage was speaking at Salts Mill, Saltaire, yesterday, ahead of his BBC2 programme The Great War –  An Elegy: A Culture Show Special (broadcast Saturday 8 November 2014). Armitage has written seven… Continue reading

A living history: 40 Years of Ilkley Literature Festival

“Ilkley,” wrote JB Priestley in the festival’s first programme in 1973, “is the right size for a festival town; large enough to provide various amenities, and small enough to stroll round and run… Continue reading

An explanation

The title of my blog might seem a bit abstract – but it’s taken from TS Eliot’s brilliant poem The Waste Land: “At the violet hour, when the eyes and back Turn upward… Continue reading