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Love Letters & Children's Drawings

by Norah Hanson

'Sunlight wakes me in my bed.'

Norah Hanson is one of Hull's most important modern poets; a natural heir to the city's legendary literary heritage and reputation. Her first collection of poetry, Love Letters & Children's Drawings, delighted readers of all ages upon its publication in November 2011 – and with a hundred copies sold in the first twenty-four hours of release, became the fastest-selling Valley Press title of all time.

Whether reflecting on the past, through derelict landmarks and absent friends, confronting present-day 'domestic dilemmas' with wit and good-humour, or looking to the future through the eyes (and extraordinary energies) of her grandchildren, Norah remains unswervingly honest, entertaining and inventive. Love Letters & Children's Drawings is poetry at its very best – constantly insightful, compelling, and in our opinion, essential.

"Speaks to the reader's heart ... pure, practical and prophetic. A true poet."
— Deirdre McGarry

"Norah manages - perhaps because this book distils a lifetime of writing – to bring before us the tragedy of the human condition, making it sound beautiful and worth living through."
— Paul Sutherland

"Intelligent, compassionate and humane ... a treasure trove."
— Helen Burke


Norah Hanson was born in Hull, in 1937, and has been a proud resident ever since. She spent her working life teaching in secondary schools, then turned to writing after her retirement in 1996. Widowed in 1994, she is nonetheless not short of company – she has six children, seventeen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and has had much competition success, including being shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Love Letters & Children’s Drawings (2011), Under a Holderness Sky (2013) and Sparks (2016), all published by Valley Press.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2011-11-04

ISBN: 9780956890467

Catalogue Number: VP0018

Number of Pages: 56

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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