The poem Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second by Paul Farley, published in The North 35, won the 2005 Forward prize for the Best Single Poem.
The North doesn't represent a geographical location, rather an attitude of mind. As MacNeice said, 'The North begins inside'.
Intelligent, generous – if you're a lover of good poetry The North is essential reading.
'The North has a quality feel: it's the kind of book you can keep taking down from the shelf to read over and over again.' – Simon Jessop
As a small independent magazine we're in a fortunate position. We don't follow trends, foster political affinities or keep up appearances. We don't do lots of useful, necessary and boring things, and we don't put up with middle-of-the-road ideas.
The most important thing is the quality of the writing.
In each issue:
• a lively range of contemporary poetry by new and established writers, arranged anonymously (fully indexed at the back), which demonstrates our commitment to the poem rather than the poet
• a broad spectrum of book reviews, from mainstream publishers to the smaller presses – sympathetic, rigorous
• critical articles, conversations with writers, autobiography
• 'Blind Criticism': two or three writers put their heads on the block and comment on a poem without knowing who wrote it
• 'Poets I Go Back To': writers reveal which poets from the past have most influenced them
• 'The Collection': writers talk about books that are important to them.
• plus occasional 'Brief Guides To ...' well known poets (for example, John Killick on Douglas Dunn, Anna Adams on Elizabeth Bishop)
'Excellent' – Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian
'Redressing the balance of English poetry' – Poetry Review
'The North grows in authority with every issue' – Andy Croft
'Dark and true and tender is The North' – Alfred Lord Tennyson