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.

New from Fighting Cock Press

People in a Landscape People in a Landscape
Colin Speakman
ISBN 978-0906744-4-20
Price £4.50

This is the second poetry collection by well-known regional writer and countryside campaigner, Colin Speakman. His publications include over 50 books, many about the Yorkshire Dales, but he is also gaining a reputation as a fine poet. As Mary Sheepshanks says he "paints vivid pictures with words so that in these varied, always interesting, occasionally surprising but accessible poems we see through his perceptive eyes...Here are poems to be read again and again."


Please spread the word about Julia Deakin's imminent book launch (Event 169 in Ilkley Festival Programme):

See off insomnia in style as Julia premieres her mesmeric new collection Sleepless with scintillating blues guitar from Richard Townend. An outstanding 90-minute programme from two superb practitioners. Free entertainment doesn't get better than this.

SAVE THE DATE Thursday 11th October, 9-10.30 p.m.
Ilkley Playhouse Wildman Theatre LS29 8DW

It's FREE, unticketed (just turn up) - and all poetry and music lovers, friends and acquaintances are cordially invited.


Except we Teach

Fighting Cock Press is delighted to announce the publication of Alan Gillott’s second poetry collection, Except We Teach, ISBN 978-0-906744-44-4, Price £8.00.

Alan is an important influence on Yorkshire poetry, encouraging crossover between music, poetry, performance, and media arts, and a fine poet himself. He writes with a musical ear for sound and rhythm, and an acute observation for natural detail, as well as for wider cultural references. His first collection, Beyond the Window is almost sold out and received critical acclaim. His new book includes many poems he has read at venues throughout the north.

This collection of poems tells the story of a life lived with acute observations of people and place, in a tone both highly personal and yet universal...overall there is something for everyone.
- Helen Cadbury, novelist and poet

Except We Teach can be ordered from bookshops, or is available from Fighting Cock Press (please add 75p per copy towards postage and packing).

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