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.

***We are sorry to announce the death of Ian M. Emberson on the 4th November (2013). A talented poet, artist and critic, he will be much missed.***

New from Fighting Cock Press

Fishing for Spring Fighting Cock Press is pleased to announce the publication of Fishing for Spring by Mary Sheepshanks

Price £7.50 /$11.95 (plus £1.00 towards postage and packing) ISBN 978-0-906744-39-0

Fishing for Spring is Mary's fifth poetry collection, again with a cover by the well known artist Graham Rust. It includes poems that have appeared in 'Acumen', 'The Countryman', 'The Spectator', 'Pennine Platform', 'Yorkshire Journal', 'the Sunday Times', and other journals.

"I respond immediately to Mary Sheepshanks’ very human reactions. Her skilful poems spice sharp observation, sensuousness and painful subject matter with wit and humour." - Myra Schneider

Download order form or contact Fighting Cock Press, c/o Pauline Kirk, 45, Middlethorpe Grove, York, YO24 1NA Email:

Ilkley Fringe Festival

Fighting Cock Press will be taking part in the Ilkley Fringe Festival on October 11th in the Wildman Room of the Ilkley Theatre from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm. 'Four Fighting Cocks' features three poets who have recently had collections published by the press: Rose Drew, Alan Gillott, and Colin Speakman, with Pauline Kirk, editor of the press. Experienced performers 'with something to say', they will read from their recent poetry collections, plus new work, and give brief accounts of what inspired their poems. A short discussion will follow. More details...

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