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Love Letters & Children's Drawings

by Norah Hanson

'Sunlight wakes me in my bed.'

One of Hull’s most important modern-day poets, Norah Hanson has been delighting readers for decades with her honest, entertaining and inventive writing. 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, Love Letters & Children's Drawings is poetry at its very best – insightful, compelling, and 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, 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: First

Date Published: 2011-11-04

ISBN: 9780956890467

Catalogue Number: VP0018

Number of Pages: 50

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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