Totley Tom’s work lives on

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AN AFTERNOON of poetry, history and dialect will be held at a South Yorkshire nature reserve on Sunday.

Hugh Escott of Sheffield University will present the poetry of miner Tom Hague, also known as Totley Tom, at the event at RSPB Old Moor near Barnsley.

Tom, who died in 1998, wrote his poetry in Sheffield dialect and reflected on a miner’s life in Yorkshire.

He began writing late in life and was inspired to do so as a way of keeping active while on the picket line in the 1972 miners’ strike.

Liane Holdsworth, visitor experience officer, said: “We are keen to explore the history of RSPB Old Moor and the people around it. We hope the work of Tom will inspire others to tell their story.”