Poetry: Norah Hanson on BBC Poetry Please

Norah Hanson - image ICN/JS

Norah Hanson - image ICN/JS

The poem Grafters, by the award-winning Catholic poet Norah Hanson, from her book Sparks, will be read on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please today, Sunday 28 January at 4.30pm.

One of Hull's most important modern poets, Norah Hanson was born in Hull, in 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.

Norah's poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and has had much competition success, including being shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. 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.

The programme will also be available on iplayer.

Listen to Poetry Please here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp7q/broadcasts/upcoming

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