The Poetry of Neighbourhood

The Poetry of Neighbourhood

Look out out for this fascinating project in the festival. Their work will be broadcast during the first week and published here next month. Can’t move for poets in Otley!

Six Otley Poets explore the meaning of Neighbourhood in poems specially written and translated into German for the LD50 celebration.


Rosalind York
read theatre at Dartington before becoming a mother and forgetting where she left everything. Her work has appeared in anthologies by Other Poetry, OWF Press and is forthcoming in the University of Huddersfield anthology "Trouble and Strife ", and has won prizes in the York Open and Guernsey International competitions.

Ben Lowe lived in West Berlin at the time of the Berlin wall and appreciated the neighbourliness of Berliners at the time.  He has hosted a number of refugees from foreign parts and experienced the importance of neighbourliness across far away borders.  He experienced civil war in Beirut, and know that neighbourliness during wartime can save lives. His poetry seeks to reflect these sentiments. 

Sandra Burnett's poems explore the human condition. Her work has been published in Magma 71, Coast2Coast2Coast, Strix and Frogmore Press,Pale Fire - New Writing on the Moon.Her pamphlet New Lease and collection Between sea and sky are published by Half Moon Books.

Terry O'Connor is a retired archaeology lecturer.  He grew up by the sea and lived in London and South Wales before washing up in Yorkshire nearly 40 years ago. His interest in poetry is long-standing, though it is only in recent years that he has taken to writing. Influences are diverse - Louis MacNeice, Wendy Cope, Dylan Thomas, John Cooper Clarke, Kathleen Jamie - but most of all, the living world and our place in it. When not constructing sonnets and dodgy limericks, Terry enjoys gardening, walking and watching birds.  


Ruth Kelsey lives in West Yorkshire and studied creative writing with the University of Leeds. She regularly reads her work at local spoken word groups, in particular Word Club and Soundbites in Leeds, and Otley Poets. She has had poems published in Check Hope Remains (125th & Midnight), Whirlagust (Yaffle Press) and Ink Sweat & Tears magazine, and is working towards a first collection. www.facebook.com/ruthie.helen

Mike Baynham is a retired university teacher and poet and translator based in Otley, West Yorkshire. He is passionate about poetry without borders and recently curated with Samar Shahdad a bilingual Divan of Persian poetry, both modern and contemporary, featuring the poetry of Shamlou, Farrokhzad, Emadi and Abdolmalekian on Chapel FM

Partnership: Anne-Kathrin Koppetsch and Mark Connors

Partnership: Anne-Kathrin Koppetsch and Mark Connors

Partnership: Bianca Lorenz and Zoe Carty

Partnership: Bianca Lorenz and Zoe Carty