The Midland Hotel - Manchester
WRITERS - A BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX
What Do You Think? (Voices 21)
Is a caretaker at Portsmouth Polytechnic
Long Distance (Voices 21)
Pipe fitter from Skelmersdale
Ainley Ben b 1901 d1977
Retired teacher. 50 years active in CP, Teachers' Union and Peace Movement. Present hobby book reviewing for various journals. (1972)
Introductory ... (Voices 1)
Paper Bag Rag (29)
Comes from Rochdale. She teaches in a Comprehensive school
Councillor, Chairman Audenshawe Labour Party JP Hobby Allotment gardening
(a founder-member of Tyneside Poets) is a community worker who lives in Whitley Bay. He writes: "The poem was written a few months ago when Dixie Dean, the famous record-breaking Everton centre-forward, had his leg amputated in an operation." (77)
Bourgeoisie (Voices 8)
The Hour of the Gnats (Voices 14)
(London) is a political campaigner of long standing
Today and Yesterday (Voices 17)
Lives in Watford
Advice from a Big Industrialist to a Worker (Voices 18)
Written in Great Happiness
Funny Weather (Voices 11)
Is a young woman who was one of the organisers of the recent successful "Pictures and Pints" event in Glasgow
Sunday Times Photograph (Voices 17)
Staying In (30)
Barker Les b1947
Born and lives in Manchester. After primary school, Manchester Grammar and BSc (Econ) degree worked in loading bay at Walls, followed by job as clerk at NWEB: finally accountant at Manchester Town Hall. Two books of verse published (Her Majesty's Book and Mrs Ackroyd's Diary) Prefers football to poetry.
(Hackney Writers Workshop) works as a lorry driver
Barr Alex b 1940 Manchester
First ambition to be a pilot, second an author, and third to be an astronomer, all proved unattainable, leaving no choice but to become first a bus conductor, second a journalist and third an architect. Married with 2 children. Present job: lecturer at Manchester Poly (1976)
Confucius Was Eating Carrots (Voices 12)
Your Poem (26)
(Scotland Road writers' workshop) is an unemployed Liverpudlian.
The Wish (26)
Born and bred in Yorkshire and now lives in Plymouth
To the Thirties (Voices 19)
Born in Manchester. Elementary education to age 14. Member as a schoolboy of Proctor's Gymnasium Club Hulme, later a voluntary worker for the club, finally lifelong honorary member. Main interest walking, particularly round Cheshire, Old Time dancing, literature and, as a life long socialist, in political affairs. (1971)
Formerly International Brigader Founder member of the Unity of Arts (1971)
Recollections of the General Strike (Voices 1)
(Commonword) writes: "I am 25 and unemployed. I suffered a good middle-class upbringing, went to grammar school in a small country town and then to University where I learnt to dissect literature. I spent a year working in Italy where I got politicised. After leaving University, I came to Manchester to get involved in film and video work in the community. I've written on and off for about ten years but it's really only since going to Common word that I've started writing the things that I want to write, for, hopefully, the people I want to write for."
The Day Andreas Baader Died
Epitaph (Voices 17)
Brennan John b1926
Married. Finds writing, listening to music and reading history soothing after the hustle and bustle of a modern airport where he works as a refuelling technician. Interested in Horoscopology
Sounds in the Night (Voices 3)
Late Dawning (29)
Brown Alan C
Chairman/Secretary of Tyneside Poets is married with two daughters, teaches in comprehensive school and edits "Poetry North East"
No Dawn in Poplar (Voices 23)
The Welder (Voices 22)
Contributor to "Sush Mum's Writing" from Bristol Broadsides Ltd, 110 Cheltenham Rd Bristol 6
Butler Michael D
Redhill Surrey, is an ex soldier, now a mental nurse
For Freedom (voices 19)
Found Poem (Voices 19)
Burden on the State (29)
(Scotland Road) is a housewife from Cantril Farm overspill estate, Liverpool.
Roberts Arundel (Voices 12)
The Good Old English Bobby (Voices 19)
The Franklin Story (Voices 22)
(Ripon, Yorks) learnt about the problems of poverty, unemployment and colour discrimination in the Cardiff docks area (Tiger Bay) in the 1930s. He has been a political organiser, a journalist and a university lecturer and associated with struggles for peace and against imperialism. He has been writing poetry since 1961.
Cry Soweto (Voices 16)
(Manchester) is a former steel-worker from Birmingham now out of action with back trouble. (77)
Poet... Failed (Voices 15)
Lives in St Albans where he divides his time between being printer, draughtsman, bicycle builder, journalist and poet
Childhood's End in Soweto (Voices 20)
Song of Marxist-Leninist Intellectual (Voices 12)
Is an engineer and Manchester District President of the AUEW
Cole Sue b1953
Student. Just completed A level course at St Johns College Manchester. Interested in left wing movements. One personal ambition is to have published my own book of verse. (1972)
My Son's Poem (30)
Aberdeen. Burns enthusiast. International brigader (1971)
(born January 25, 1949) is a performance poet from Salford, affectionately known as the Bard of Salford. He is often referred to as a punk poet, having initially achieved recognition in the late 1970s amidst the flourishing punk movement. His recorded output has mainly centred around musical backing from The Invisible Girls, which featured Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson and Steve Hopkins.
Don't Come Looking Here
Married 1 daughter 3 grandchildren. Came to Manchester from Glasgow in 1959. Active in TU and Labour Movement. (1972)
Cullen TM b 1947
Married 1 son. Just finished Teacher Training College and started first teaching job. Writes stories and poetry. Interested in aims of Unity of Arts Society of which he is an active member.
A House in the Morning (Voices 3)
Last Liner (27)
Lives in Altrincham and works as a park groundsman for Manchester City Council
A Groundsman's Plight (voices 21)
Wrote this poem 25 years ago when, as a miner and active in the union, he felt that he was in opposition to everyone, bosses and workmates. He now works in a park in the open air, as his health deteriorated in the pits.
Reasoning Why (Voices 21)
Text 55 (31)
Ode to a Politician (24)
Is a Bristol housewife.Contributor to "Sush Mum's Writing" from Bristol Broadsides Ltd, 110 Cheltenham Rd Bristol 6
Has come through the Army and the building trade to end up as a university lecturer in Manchester
Darlington Andrew b1947
(Ossett, Yorks) is a 30-year-old printer working shifts. He has had "poetry, articles, stories and pictures featured in over 450 publications of varying degrees of obscurity around the world"
Freeway Flier (Voices 7)
(Scotland Road writers' group, Liverpool) lives in a house overlooking the Mersey. His daughter gave him the idea for the poem-the higher she climbed the more she could see. (77)
Lisa's Song (Voices 14)
(London VOICES group) is an expatriate Canadian currently working on a novel. He is the editor of "The Poetry of the Canadian People, 1720- 1920", an anthology of working-class poetry from which the samples are taken. His article is based on his excellent introduction to this book.
Canadian Working.Class Poetry (Voices 15)
Davitt Jack b1924
Born in a Newcastle colliery village and works as a welder at Swan Hunter's Wallsend shipyard where he served his time. Until about 15 years ago he did not keep any of his poems, but then he began to duplicate them and circulate copies to his fellow workers throughout the Tyne shipyards. Aka Ripyard Cuddling
Day Joe b1907
Single. Retired through ill health. Formerly active in Furniture Union and Communist Party. Interested in the struggles of Manchester Furniture Workers in the pre war period (1971)
Dixon Bob b1931
Born in Spennymoor, Co. Durham. Got quite high up educational ladder but has almost found his way back to earth again. Now an English lecturer in a teachers' training college.
Agitpoem No. 8 - Bromley
Former bus driver turned insurance agent. Liverpool
(Common word Writers' Workshop, Manchester) is a welder and lives in Stocknort
A Start in Life (Voices 18)
Breaking the Silence (24)
Not Wanting to Fuck (voices 21)
London Voices Group is chairman of Brent Trades Council (77)
Boy messenger, postman, civil servant. POW in far East. A late developer - member of Derek Stanford's poetry class at the City Lit. London. Trade Unionist. Optimist - still hopes to be around when the gates of folly fall. Now retired.
(London VOICES Group) is a former boy-messenger, postman, civil servant and trade unionist, now retired. As a prisoner-of-war in the hands of the Japanese, he found himself put to work down a coal-mine.
For Better or For Worse (Voices 5)
The Job Centre
Edwards Alf b 1933
Single. Warehouseman. Amateur photographer. Likes to have a go at anything: oil painting, writing, joinery, home decoration. Intellectually incurably inquisitive.
Is deputy head of a Junior school. He lives in Middleton Manchester and is married with two cowboys and an indian. He lists his hobbies as reading, writing and torturing an innocent guitar.
Summer in the Fifties (voices 21)
Manchester - is a hospital worker and folk singer
Lord Street Revisited (Voices 18)
I've Heard It (31)
An Appeal ... (Voices 1)
Ford Connie M
Where Will It Lead (30)
SW News (Letter) (30)
Black writer who lives on a council estate in Oxford
Frame Colin b1945
Has studied music but never worked as a professional musician. Began writing 1971. Admires Henry Miller. (1972)
Tonbridge Kent - is a long term member of the T&GWU and Labour Party. He has served on the Dover Council.
Is a 24 year old Brazilian metalworker. His story, first published in "Movimento" is translated by Diana Birkbeck. He says "I write about things which are problems of my people, things I see and experience too...This is why I like to write, because it might help to throw some light on something"
'S Empty (Voices 20)
First generation Jew, born in Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. Founder member of now defunct Kersal Jewish Discussion Circle formed to combat root causes of fascism. Regards trade union movement as 8th wonder of world, and highly sensitive to organised attempts to nullify its powers. Has written about 40 poems.
I describe myself as a first generation Jew, my father having come to England from Imperialist Russia. I was born in the heart of the Cheetham Hill district and spent my earlier formative years in the Cheetham Hill and Strangeways, Manchester area. My values are geared to Marxist principles. I was a founder member of the now defunct "Kersal Jewish Discussion Circle". I have written about 40 poems, but I now find that my style of presentation differs greatly from my earlier work-although the moral contents remains the same.
Green Toilet Rolls to Match my Bathroom Tiles
On Winter's Highway (Voices 6)
Found life as shorthand typist unsatisfying. Came to Liverpool 1958 to train as nurse. Never got away Life in Liverpool only served to underline social injustice. Sees socialism as only answer.
Being an Improbable Conversation overheard through the
half-open door to a Premature Baby Unit (Voices 4)
My brother was writing this verse over a period of forty years, inspired during the years from 1920 to 1961, moved by the hardship and suffering in the days of depression.
He was a man with a strong sense of humour and a ready wit, but also a sense of pathos. He reached the heights of experience and emotion but also suffered and was engulfed many times in the depth of depression because of lack of appreciation of his ideals.
But he was a Marxist and Communist. Such philosophy enabled him to climb out of his sadness and fight in rebellion against a system which created conditions of frustration.
He was an artist in every sense. Despite having many friends, he was essentially lonely, restless because he was forced to earn his living as a Grocer. Instead of training in Art School he could only give expression to his talents by being moved around various branches of his firm, in demand for window dressing, sign and ticket writing.
However, any person reading this collection of his verse will I am sure have some deep feeling and some understanding of the kind of man Jack Frost was.
He died tragically from lung cancer at the age of 56.
Frow Ruth & Eddie
Ruth is Deputy Head of a school; Eddie retired A.U.E.W. District Secretary. Have collaborated in the production of many historical articles for workers' papers, and published several books including "1868, Year of the Unions" CE. Frow in collaboration with M. Katankai), "The Half Time System in Education" (Ruth and Eddie Frow), "Strikes" (in collaboration with M. Katankai). They are now engaged on a history of the Shop Stewards' Movement.
Is 75 years of age and lives near Burnley
A Lancashire Man Remembers (Voices 20)
Some Day (Voices 21)
Garnett Jim b1896
Worked in cotton mills since being 12 years old. Life member of weavers union. Trustee and auditor of Rossendale branch. Interests - furtherance of TU and working class politics. (1972)
Convinced that the shock of his birth killed Lenin, he
has tried to make amends since. The only test he passed was that of being alive
(by crying) and expects to disprove even that eventually with a little help from
his friends Wills and Gallagher (1971) Married 2 children. Glassworker. Writes
paints and sculpts (1972)
Why I Don't Write
The Sisters (25)
War (Voices 8)
Once Upon a Time (25)
Money on the Brain (Voices 12)
Do You Like My Hair? (Voices 21)
City Boy/Brown Baby (Voices 5)
Gwilt Rick b 1950
Building labourer. Various jobs - docker, warehouseman, groundsman, fruit picker, dishwasher, translator, fork lift truck driver. Very widely travelled - Havana, acapulco, New Orleas, Montreal, Stockholm, Berlin, Jerusalem, Baghdad, tehran, New Delhi etc.
"26. Communist. Former Manchester building trade unionist. Still member T&GWU. Now at Lancaster University studying Working-Class and Socialist Writing under David Craig. Writes/translates/directs plays. Fluent in French/German/Spanish. Captain of university athletics team, runs for Stretford AC, interested in history of sport." (Joint Editor of Voices -76)
On Returning Home After a Long
Hello you walrus faced bastard (Voices 9)
Gis a Tissue (28)
(Scotland Road Writers' Group) comes from a working-class background and is currently a probationer mental nurse.
Culture for the Workers (Voices 16)
Double Meaning (Voices 8)
Hatton Ethel b 1919
Married 2 children. Formerly a cotton worker. Interested in the advancement of working class ideas and a better future for the children (1971)
Thank You! (Voices 23)
Born and bred in London in a politically conscious working class family. Went to Oxford, took degree in social sciences. A teacher in London, Dublin, Belfast, now lives in he new town of Craigavon, County Armagh
November Poems - 1 (Voices 8)
Hill BJ b1905
The General Strike (Voices 19)
Babylon Station (30)
Horne Alfred Malcolm b 1944
Married 2 children Sara nd Jonathan. Fitter and shop steward AEU. Vickers (shipbuilding) Barrow. Secretary Barrow branch CP. Delegate to TU council. Enjoys struggling to bring up a family, struggling for socialism and struggling with a pint. (1973)
The Escape (Voices 3)
John William Hosey (Sean) (Voices 9)
Hughes Dominique b1949
Married 1 daughter. French. Came to England as student from paris Sorbonne. Has taught in Morocco, France and now England (1973)
Hughes Ron b 1940
Married 2 children Ex Mercantile Service. Whilst in building trade helped to found the Building Workers Form and BW Charter. President of the AUBTW. Now at Teacher Training College
Hunt Vincent William
Is a blacksmith by trade, now works as a technician and lives in Sunderland
Shift Worker's Lament (Voices 19)
Stop a While (28)
The Bearer of Chairs (Voices 7)
Is blind, and an ex miner
The Last Shift (Voices 19)
The Asian (30)
Jenkins Mick b1904
One time delegate Manchester & Salford Trades Council and Shop Steward. Active in YCL and CP since 1923. Author of "Fredrick Engels in Manchester" and "George Brown, Portrait of a Communist Leader". Now doing research into the General Strike of 1842 and a little writing. Married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
(Manchester) was for many members an active member of the ETU. His brother Mick was always the writer in the family, but since Syd's retirement he has been studying English at his local college of adult education. These recollections of his youth represent his first attempt at creative writing and, although Syd has been a reader of VOICES since it started, this piece only emerged through Common-word, originally as an anonymous piece of writing until the author was traced.
Reading About Life (Voices 16)
Is a school kitchen supervisory assistant in Bromsgrove
Save Our School Meals Battle Cry (voices 21)
Johnson Anne F
Heritage (Voices 11)
Is a nursing assistant in a hospital for the mentally handicapped in Scotland
Aspects of Lunacy (voices 21)
Jones Keith Lloyd
Is a schoolboy from Moss Side Manchester. He wrote this when he was 11
The Skateboard Kid (Voices 20)
Sunday Morning (30)
Hearts of Stone (Voices 11)
London Voices Group
Inch by Inch (Voices 21)
Kearns G Mrs
Is a cook in St Helens
The Cossie (Voices 21)
Kessel David b1945
Married with 1 son. Has lived in Poplar for 2 years since moving from Hampstead. Training to be a G.P. Interests: poetry, walking and discussing philosophy. Hopes one day to make a serious study of Christopher Caudwell. Is an active Communist Party member.
Crantock Beach (Voices 12)
Seen at Divis (26)
(Commonword writers' workshop) writes: "My parents always prided themselves on prompt payment of the rent. Like scrubbing the step. In 1972, with other council tenants across the country, they refused to pay an increase imposed under the Housing Finance Act. In arrears for the first time in their lives, the record stood against them when they applied for a badly-needed transfer. "John lives on Partington overspill estate near Manchester. (77)
JK grew up in Partington, a Manchester overspill area. After leaving school, he worked for three years in a margarine factory and has just finished a year on a job creation project. "Most of my writing comes. from being involved in Commonword-before that I messed around with bad science fiction and diabolical song lyrics."
Harlem Portraits (Voices 21)
Surgeon who Lost Son Indicts Killers (Voices 5)
Virgil's Enid (25)
Leavers Jim b 1948
Married 1 son. General labourer, paints in oils, sketches, writes prose and poetry
Lee Derek b1930
(Beverly, Yorks) is the son of a miner who left school at 14 back in 1944 and after a variety of jobs, including 3 years as a merchant seaman, has ended up as a lecturer in English Literature. (77)
National Service (29)
Family moved from Devonshire to Scotland 1962. Trained as Display Artist but after several poorly paid jobs, took employment in an electronics factory. Currently at home with a one year old son. Finds time for a bit of writing and reading and intends to complete education (1973)
(Galloway, Scotland) who was working in an electronics factory in Edinburgh when she first wrote for VOICES a few years ago, is now bringing up a family out in the country. "I grow lots of vegetables and fruit, sew and bake without feeling I'm betraying my sex, and I try to keep writing's (1977)
Electronics Factory (Voices 3)
The Place where Suitcases Happen to Explode (Voices 7)
Engineer. Interested especially in the history of the Labour and Trade Union movement (particularly in the Engineers) in Gorton and Openshaw.
A Very Special Brew (Voices 5)
Dead News (26)
Lopez Juan Antonio
Street Theatre in Brookhouse (Voices 14)
Lives in Newcastle-on-Tyne
Lowrie A Mrs
Is a State Enrolled nurse working at Cherry Knowle Hospital Ryhope, Tyne and Wear
Sweet Cherry (voices 21)
Is a park keeper in Hove
Waiting (voices 21)
Edgbaston Reservoir (24)
was born in Ayrshire. He lives in Glasgow where he has worked as a postman, in an animal house, and as a lab technician.
The Two Johns (Voices 11)
is a BAFTA award-winning English television scriptwriter
from Liverpool. He is particularly known for writing powerful and
thought-provoking dramas often based around hard-hitting social issues or
controversial real-life events.
(Scotland Road writers' workshop, Liverpool) comes from
a large working-class Catholic family, and is now studying in hopes of becoming
a teacher in a working-class area. (1977)
Whatever Happened to the Good Samaritan?
Chewing Point Four Letter Words (Voices 16)
(Common word Writers' Workshop, Manchester) is a black schoolgirl who wrote this poem when she was 14.
One Voice, Many Voices (Voices 18)
Moving On (Voices 12)
Just My Luck Review (26)
Works on a mushroom farm in West Sussex
Factory Floor Poem No. 2 (Voices 19)
Maher Dennis b1941
Married 2 children. Active in TU and Labour movement. Vice President Manchester branch AEUW (constructional section) Interests literature, music, sport. Firmly believes that the heights of literature, culture and education can only be achieved with the participation of the working people (1971)
Schoolchild from Newcastle-on-Tyne
The Maths Exam (Voices 20)
Godalming Surrey. Is a housewife and grandmother who left school at 14 and also works as a cleaner
The Search (voices 23)
My Police (30)
Hackney Writers' Workshop - is one of the younger generation of writers that has grown up in and around Stepney
"Selling Yourself" (Voices 17)
Thrush at Long Kesh (Voices 7)
The Concrete Ground (Voices 18)
Moore Francis b1913
Married 3 children, 5 grandchildren. Teacher active in NUT and Communist Party. No time to write but has to, and is kept up to it by the response of the non-literary audiences to which she manages to read sometimes. (1972)
Action (Voices 1)
Morgan Fanny b 1912
Elementary education till 14. Always active (1971)
Morgan Frank b1905
Elementary education till 13 years of age. Joined ETU 1930, became full time official 1948 till retirement. Always active in working class movement (1971)
The Glass Works (Voices 1)
Lives in Wallasey
Going Into Hospital (Voices 20)
Morrison Ted b1932
Married one daughter. Plumber self-employed. The struggle to rise gently above a frugal existence, the patching of a threadbare education and efforts to write have regrettably left no time for political activities (1971)
Married. Two teenage daughters and a son. Schoolteacher. Life long member of CP.
Holloway Prison (3)
Day Of Rest (27)
Street Games (26)
Win with Labour (Voices 5)
Is a joiner who has travelled around the U.S.A. and Europe. Enjoys any type of music; is a song writer and guitarist and
his ambition is to make an L.P.
The Building Workers Song (Voices 4)
The Housewife (Voices 6)
O'Donnell Vincent b1903
Volunteered for service in the Abraham Lincoln batallion under Commander Merryman and was accepted by the International Brigade at Albacete 1937. Captured by Mussolini's Black Arrows near the river Ebro interned at san Pedro de Cardena for 12 months before repatriation now retired. (1971)
The Freedom of Reason. (Voices 1)
The Pit's Closed (27)
That Feeds (30)
Mad Johnny (Voices 22)
Married 2 daughters, 2 grandsons. Mechanical fitter. Shaop steward AUEW. Left school 1940. Ambition to have all my plays produced, and also an opera. (1973)
Pete (Voices 1)
Lives in Leeds
We Have All Met Her (Voices 21)
(Scotland Road) is a shop steward at KME workers' co-operative (formerly Fisher-Bendix), Kirkby, Liverpool.
Pendragon, Mrs M
Friday Night is Music Night (Voices 9)
Lives in NW London
Voices (Voices 18)
Piggot Paul E
Alan Brown, who has published quite a lot of my writings, has suggested that I submit to your publication. I do so now, if not for the obvious reason; it might help to define your 'thorny question' What is working-class writing?"
I am a regular soldier. Have been for thirty odd years. Started as boy soldier and now I'm a major. I graft with great pride in my profession not for reasons 'loyal and blue' but because there is no better social fraternity than this service. The loyalty and camaraderie, the sense of purpose and pride in our 'business' is something we are losing rapidly in some walks of life. One day, when our opinions and concern is represented, others may come to understand.
Frankly I don't believe that anyone much cares about us unless they are in the shit. Oh I'm a worker alright and so is any soldier worthy of his shilling.
You will not simplify me when I'm dead (Voices 17)
Poulsen Charles b1911
(London VOICES Group) was born in Stepney Green in 1911, into a Jewish family well within the lower-income bracket. He was educated at Old Montague Street Elementary School which he left before he was fourteen. After a number of "boys" jobs, he became a fur nailer, with alternate periods of overwork and unemployment. Tiring of this, he passed the Knowledge of London Tests and became a taxi-driver in 1935. Throughout the Second World War he was in the Fire Service in London and East Anglia, and in the Overseas Column of the NFS in Europe. Under active service conditions he wrote 'English Episode", a novel based on the Peasant Revolt in 1381. Publlshed in 1946, it was afterwards made into a play for Unity Theatre by the author.
Following demobilisation Charles worked for some years as an editorial assistant, sub-editor and staff writer on several encyclopaedias and works of popular education, but in 1950 returned thankfully to the relative sanity and security of the cab trade. He also teaches London History and Appreciation at evening classes.
Whitechapel Spring (Voices 16)
The Initiation (25)
The Aunties' House (26)
Alienation Review (28)
Unskilled worker (unemployed). Booted out of the army (for obvious reasons). Communist - main interests: literature, mainly poetry, music and world affairs. Writing poetry for ten years.
A Matter of Form
Exmouth Devon writes songs
Date With Royalty (Voices 18)
Nursing Home (25)
The Bourgeoisie (29)
Mother and Child (25)
(Common word) worked as a secretary before starting a full time course at technical college.
(Commonword) is a Manchester casemaker and active trade unionist. He has been banging away at a typewriter in his spare-time for several years, but made no attempt to find an outlet for his writing until hearing about Commonword at Manchester Trades Council. This piece (Them and Us) is taken from an attempted novel.
St Vincent Paul
Whose Road to Socialism? (Voices 12)
Villanelle (Voices 12)
Young black writer and artist. She was born and raised in West London. Her parents are Jamaican. "Awakening" poems and drawings by BS from Commonplace Workshop Hanwell London
Child Watching (Voices 19)
The Challenge (Voices 8)
Scotland Road Writers' Workshop Liverpool - works as a dustman for Liverpool Corporation
Smith Barbara G
(Manchester) is a joiner by trade. He has long been a leading rank-and-file activist in the building trade and was recently elected full-time official. The poem reflects conditions on small non-union sites to the present day.
The Nons (Voices 15)
Smith Frank b1912
Married. Moulder by trade but has been groundsman and gardener for many years
Sent without accompanying letter. Could be pseudonym. If "John Smith" reads this will he write to Ted Morrison, Secretary of the Unity of Arts Society, the publishers of Voices.
I Will Not Remember You When You're Dead
Remedial Class (31)
Is a Glasgow shipyard painter currently spending a year working in Italy. As a cartoonist he appeared with Brian Mcgeoch and others in Jeff Perks' television film "Every Man a Special Kind of Artist"
Is a miner's son and lives in Newcastle-on-Tyne
Pit Shift (Voices 20)
Young black writer living in the Hulme and Moss Side Area of Manchester
We Survive (Voices 19)
Stump Kenneth B
Midnight (Voices 6)
Married 5 children. Employed in works canteen. Would prefer to stay at home and write short stories and poetry. Regrets wasted schooldays at secondary modern school. Hates racial prejudice (1973)
Pipe Dream (Voices 3)
Young black writer living in the Hulme and Moss Side Area of Manchester
(London) is a sculptor. This poem first appeared in the newspaper of the Palestine Liberation Army. Quneitra (pronounced Koo-nay-tra) is a Syrian city in the Golan Heights which was razed to the ground by the Israeli Armed Forces in order to prevent resettlement by the Arab population.
Prefabrication (Voices 21)
Thomas Frances b 1964
Used to live in Walmer Street, Rusholme which is being knocked down. Now lives in Wythenshawe. These words are exactly what she dictated to me in answer to the question, "What do you want this story to be about then?" I have not added or changed anything
Walmer Street (Voices 4)
Thomas Gareth b1952
Born in Essex. Numerous jobs, now working at the Morning Star. Recently started the London Communist Writers' Circle, which now has ten members. Admirer of Cervantes, Hemingway, Sartre. Ambition to see all cultural activities supported by the people, not the exclusive set' of 'privileged' charlatans who now monopolise the arts.
Thomas W Loyd
(Liverpool 8 Writers Workshop) is a black man, Jamaican born and a welder by trade
Richman, Poorman, Beggarman (Voices 18)
Signing On (Voices 21)
Tuckett Angela b1906
Married 3 step-children and 5 step-grandchildren. Became first woman solicitor in the west of England. Assistant Editor of the Labour Monthly many years, currently writing the official histories of the Blacksmiths' Union and the Shipwrights Society. Chairman of the County Womens Hockey association. NUT life member. Politically active? Of course. (1972)
To J Reid (Voices 14)
It's all Your Fault (Voices 5)
Walker FG b 1925
Checker, warehouseman with firm of beer distributors (Bass Charrington) for 32 years. Shop steward. Took O levels and A levels in English through correspondence course. Hates inequality, abhors cruelty to animals. Still plays football. Cycles 12 miles daily to and from work. Writes detective stories and has had several published (1973)
Stoke on Trent. Is a joiner turned UCATT organiser
(London VOICES) is a retired rail wayman who now spends much of his time researching industrial folk-songs.
Who are the English? (Voices 18)
London Voices Group - is an ex-seaman who now teaches at a technical college in SE London.
The Hunt for the Bismarck
The Mermaids (30)
Canadian Worker Writer
Quitting Time (voices 21)
Alan (Voices 12)
Weller Linda b1945
Letter From Father to Daughter (Voices 18)
Old Sailor Boys (28)
(Common word Writers' Workshop, Manchester) is retired
Blubber (Voices 18)
Wiles Maurice b1898
Ex-teacher, Badly educated: understands Greek but not differential Calculus. Favourite authors: G.B. Shaw, F. Engels, Bernal, Keats, Thomas Hardy (poems) Lucretius. Hobby: cultiver le jardin.
First Thing (Voices 14)
The Engine Room (2)
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(Hackney Writers' Workshop) is a full-time worker for Centreprise Bookshop, Hackney.
writer and environmentalist. Ken Worpole is one of
Britain's most influential writers on architecture, landscape and urban social
policy issues, and the author of many seminal reports and books. He has lectured
and worked extensively in Europe, Australia and North America. In 1999 he was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University.
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