Northern Voices speak about their Yorkshire inspiration

Derbyshire poet laureate Helen Mort. Photo by Andrew Crowley.
Derbyshire poet laureate Helen Mort. Photo by Andrew Crowley.
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Northern Voices, Barnsley Civic

The north of England is the home to some of the country’s most exciting writers. In Northern Voices, three writers based in the region talk about how the language, the landscape and the people have inspired their writing.

The trio are historical fiction writer Robert Edric, crime novelist Helen Cadbury and poet Helen Mort.

The rock-climbing Sheffield poet Helen Mort’s collection Division Street focuses on the Miners’ Strike alongside more personal pieces.

Helen is five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award.

As well as Division Street, which was published last year, she has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, ‘the shape of every box’ and ‘a pint for the ghost’.

Helen Cadbury’s first crime novel, To Catch A Rabbit, is about how the death of a prostitute in Doncaster uncovers secrets about police corruption and international sex trafficking. The York-based writer was named joint winner of the Northern Crime Award.

Robert Edric is a pen name for Gary Edric Armitage, a novelist whose books include Winter Garden, A New Ice Age, The Book of the Heathen and Peacetime.

The critic Nick Rennison has suggested that Edric might be “the finest and most adventurous writer of historical fiction of his generation”.

The three writers will take part in a lively discussion and perform readings of their work.

Box office: at the venue in Hanson Street, call 01226 327000 or online at Barnsley Civic