Working in the stacks
By JULIE BROWN, library assistant and PAT HALLAM, librarian
Kevin Crossley-Holland, Norfolk Poems, illustrated with photographs by John Hedgecoe.
Elaine Feinstein, At the Edge.
Ruth Fainlight, Two fire poems, Two wind poems, The function of tears.
There is early work by Tony Harrison, Newcastle is Peru written just before he moved to Newcastle and which must be one of the earliest acquisitions of the then-new NPL (published 1969).
Simon Armitage’s first collection Human geography (1986) Smiths Doorstop.
Acknowledged Land by Linda France and Birtley Aris, published in 1993 to mark the 25th anniversary of the NPL and the festival, Different Voices’ that was held to celebrate that milestone.
Drawings, verse and belief by Bernard Leach that includes original drawings.
Hugh MacDiarmid – two complete volumes, along with other works of his.
The set of Penguin Modern poets – irreplaceable.
The Oxford Books of… Seventeenth Century Verse, Scottish Verse etc.
The entire children’s poetry section is priceless and timeless including a junior voices set of poetry.
Anne Stevenson's A Morden Tower Reading
A rummage in the anthologies section
By Lisa Matthews, Lead Poet
- Alphabetical and letter poems, a “chrestomathy”
- Cowboy poetry, several volumes, including Graining the mare: the poetry of ranch women
- Poems by veterinary surgeons
- Poem sheet fold-outs
- Brand-X Poetry – parody poems
- Women’s verse from the Second World War
- Poetry from so many countries that I stopped writing them down
- Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of 17th Century Women’s Verse
- Animal poems
- Poems to be read aloud
- The poetry of sex
- Short poems
- Portraits of poets
In a month I only scratched the surface of this intriguing anthology section. And some of NPL’s most popular volumes are housed within it: poems for key life moments such as births, marriages and deaths.