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.
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, essential.
"Speaks to the reader's heart... pure, practical and prophetic. A true poet."
"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."
"Intelligent, compassionate and humane... a treasure trove."
Norah Hanson was born in Hull in 1937. She spent much of the war in Beverley, before returning to Hull in 1943. Since her retirement, Norah has devoted much of her time to writing poetry, which has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies - including Dream Catcher, Iota, The Hull Connection and Patterns of Hope. She has also had much competition success, including being shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and commended in the Yorkshire Open.