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Under a Holderness Sky

by Norah Hanson

'I expect trouble to come my way ... my expectations have been exceeded.'

Norah Hanson’s much-anticipated second collection of poetry picks up where her first left off; returning to the streets of her native Hull, past and present, to look seventy years of history – and the human condition – squarely in the eye, unflinching, but never losing sight of the warmth and humour that infuses all her work.

Norah paints with the varied colours of life itself, displaying a mastery of emotional range that few can match; where moments of heart-aching poignancy are quickly followed by sparks of knowing, perfectly-aimed wit. If this book catches you in the right mood, you’ll shed tears at both, and feel much better for it.

"Norah manages to bring before us the tragedy of the human condition, making it sound beautiful and worth living through."
— Paul Sutherland

"Norah Hanson’s work is a real one-off ... intelligent, compassionate and humane."
— Helen Burke


Norah Hanson was born in Hull, 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 shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, featured on BBC Radio 4, and published in numerous magazines and anthologies. 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: 2013-12-20

ISBN: 9781908853332

Catalogue Number: VP0051

Number of Pages: 58

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover illustration by Monica Cook

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