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Under a Holderness Sky

Authors: Norah Hanson

Published by Valley Press

ISBN: 9781908853332

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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 – 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


Norah Hanson was born in Hull in 1937. Her poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and commended in the Yorkshire Open. Her first collection, Love Letters & Children’s Drawings, was published by Valley Press in 2011 (ISBN 9780956890467).

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