The North – 66


The North 66 showcases 116 poems by 58 outstanding poets, including poems by Amanda Dalton, Yvonne Green, Robert Hamberger, Lydia Harris, Martin Hayden, Chanje Kunda, John Lancaster, Carola Luther, Hilary Menos, Hubert Moore, Ruth Padel, M R Peacocke, Penelope Shuttle, Emily Wills and River Wolton.

This issue’s ‘Featured Title’ is Crucifox by Geraldine Clarkson (Verve Poetry Press). Other features include ‘Poets I Go Back To’ by Daljit Nagra and Penelope Shuttle, ‘Blind Criticism’ by Suzanne Conway and Pam Thompson, Close Reading of Luke Samuel Yates by Susannah Hart, and Yvonne Green and Ruth Padel In Conversation about Ruth’s poetry, academia, family links to the Freuds and Darwins, and Ruth’s thoughts on everything from Ancient Greece to modern migrancy.

The North 66 also includes reviews of dozens of collections including Fleur Adcock, Tishani Doshi, Annie Freud, Nessa O’Mahony, David Morley, Frank Ormsby, Phoebe Stuckes, Matthew Sweeney, Maria Taylor, Manuel Vilas and Jackie Wills.

Plus Jane Routh on New Poetries VIII and Philip Rush on Bad Betty Press.

Published August 2021. Read a Sample.

Cover Painting:  Tom WoodMuseum Incident, 1990. Oil on canvas. The Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection (The Hepworth Wakefield), purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum/Museums and Galleries Commission Purchase Grant Fund, 1991. Image courtesy: The Hepworth Wakefield. 

What Writers and Critics Think

  • Excellent

    Carol Ann Duffy (the Guardian)
  • Apart from the general excellence of the enterprise, it's always impressive to see how broad your church is, how impeccable you are in your taste and how fair in your judgement. Rare qualities.

    Stephen Stuart-Smith, Director of Enitharmon


The North is a biannual magazine of poems, articles, reviews and features.

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from the Editorial

“One of the reasons this latest North is the Apart Together Issue is that nearly a third of the poems were started on Zoom, as part of a larger Arts Council funded digital project. See if you can guess which poems, though even we don’t know now. We’re glad to say these workshops will continue, many led by more (and the same!) brilliant guest-tutors. We are looking forward to beginning ‘real life’ Writing Days, but it is wonderful to work with people so far apart and altogether and as it were up-close on-screen. As well as Zoom workshops and masterclasses, ‘Apart Together’ includes fantastic input – such as conversations, blogs, writing tasks and reading recommendations – from our monthly Digital Poets-in-Residence. Check them out, you know where.

“And finally, many thanks to the contributors for another stand-out issue – the feature writers and reviewers not least (we know we are blessed), and of course thank you to the poets. And thank you gentle reader, where would we be without you. If you’re also a poet (are you, you never said), send us poems please – not by post though but online these hip and virtual days. Meanwhile, from Ann and me and the rest of the team, we hope you are keeping well.”



Sally Goldsmith • Jane Kite • Mike Di Placido • Hilary Menos • Michael Greavy • Nichola Deane • Penelope Shuttle • Martin Hayden • River Wolton • Mike Barlow • M R Peacocke • Subhadramati • Josephine Corcoran • Neil Martin • Amanda Dalton • Carola Luther • David Hale • Charlotte Baldwin • Hubert Moore • Judi Sutherland • Candyce Lange • Chanje Kunda • Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana • Duncan Chambers • Yvonne Green • Paul Stephenson • Emily Wills • D A Prince • Jon Miller • Victoria Gatehouse • Lydia Harris • Matt Howard • Jane Routh • Peter Raynard • Maurice Franceschi • Becky Cullen • Rich Robinson • Emily Cotterill • Robert Hamberger • Niamh Prior • John Lancaster • Jo Bratten • Dominic Weston • Jenny Hockey • Roy Marshall • Gerry Stewart • Lauren Garland • Ruth Padel • Chrissy Banks • David Tait • Ben Bransfield • Luke Samuel Yates • Geraldine Clarkson • James Caruth • Meg Cox • David Harmer • Michael McCarthy



Daljit Nagra and Penelope Shuttle

on Poets I Go Back To

Yvonne Green and Ruth Padel 

In Conversation

Blind Criticism by

Suzanne Conway and Pam Thompson

Susannah Hart

Close Reading Luke Samuel Yates

Featured Title

by Geraldine Clarkson



Paul Stephenson on Manuel Vilas, Matthew Sweeney, David Morley

Jane Routh on New Poetries VIII

Edmund Prestwich on Fleur Adcock, Michael Vince, Annie Freud, Tishani Doshi

Belinda Cooke on Frank Ormsby, Nessa O’Mahoney

Josephine Corcoran on Maria Taylor, Jackie Wills, Katherine Stansfield

Philip Rush on Bad Betty Shots Series 3: Anita Pati, Jacqueline Saphra, Daisy Thurston-Gent, Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on Heidi Williamson, Carrie Etter, Phoebe Stuckes

Additional information

Weight 0.29 kg
Dimensions 21 × 22 × 0.8 cm


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