The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

John Lancaster’s poems of the Potteries

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Poet John Lancaster won the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize with his fifth volume, Potters: A Division of Labour.  Potters is a humorous and poignant tribute to the workers of Alfred Meakin Pottery, where John had a job between school and university.  John now lives in Totnes, but has not forgotten his North Staffordshire roots.  He has been working on another collection of poems set on Biddulph Moor, some of which have been published in The North poetry magazine.


Another recent example of John’s Potteries poetry, ‘The Slip Caster of Stoke’, for an Emma Bridgewater Factory worker, can be found on the interactive map, ‘Places of Poetry’:


Further details of John’s life and work on his Wikipedia page:

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