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Poetry in Motion

Why one Reds supporter is committing his love for Liverpool FC to verse

Liverpool FC and poetry have a lot of previous – from John Toshack’s Gosh It’s Tosh collection in the late 70s, to the verse of Dave Kirby and Peter Etherington in the fanzine Red All Over the Land, to the lines written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, a University of Liverpool graduate, in the aftermath of 2012’s Hillsborough findings. Now there’s Ben Wilkinson, Reds fan and book critic for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, who’s compiling a series of poems commemorating the club’s legends. “Football is part of the fabric of life, and anything that’s important to people finds its way into poetry,” he says. “Wilfred Owen’s poem 'Disabled' describes a soldier who loses the use of his legs, meaning he can never play football again. Philip Larkin’s 'MCMXIV' compares boys queuing to join the army to fans outside Villa Park. These poems have stood the test of time because t…

Keep On Running

In March and April of this year respectively, I ran the Sheffield Varsity 10K and the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. Below is the email I scribbled, after months of hard training and completing both events, to those friends, family and acquaintances who were kind enough to dig deep and sponsor me. If, after reading, you're able to do the same, or just want to make a donation to Mind, you can check out the link to the charity's website here, or else visit my JustGiving page. Cheers.

Hi all,

This'll be the last of these mail-outs - just wanted to let you all know how I got on in both the Sheffield Varsity 10K (23 March) and the Sheffield Half Marathon (6 April), all to raise money for the excellent charityMind.
The Varsity 10K was a great little event - 352 runners took part on a sunny Sunday morning, the whole thing organised by a great team of University and Hallam students. Three laps of an undulating course (this is Sheffie…

Niall Campbell: Yorkshire Launch of Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014)

Blackwell's Poetry Reading @ Blackwell University Bookshop(Mappin St, Sheffield, off West Street)

featuring three poets:
Niall Campbell, Kris Anderson, andBen Wilkinson
Wednesday 14th May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

free entry / refreshments, with poets' books on sale including
Niall Campbell's debut collection Moontide (Bloodaxe Books),
a Poetry Book Society Recommendation further details / queries

Niall Campbell
is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He received an Eric Gregory Award (2011) and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship (2011). Niall also won the Poetry London Competition in 2013.  His first pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, was released in 2012 by Happenstance Press. Moontide, his first collection, is published by Bloodaxe and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Kris Andersonis studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and working on a collection of poems which explore her relationship to…