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Peter Didsbury was born in 1946 in Fleetwood, Lancashire. He moved to Hull at the age of six, and read English and Hebrew at Oxford. After teaching English in Hull for eight years, he turned to the past for work as well as for inspiration, and has since been an archaeologist for many years. He has published three collections with Bloodaxe: The Butchers of Hull (1982), The Classical Farm (1987) and That Old-Time Religion (1994). He won a Cholmondeley Award for The Classical Farm, which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as was That Old-Time Religion. His New and Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2003.