Keith Howden was born near Burnley in 1932. He is married, with three children. After National Service and work as a laboratory assistant, he taught English and modern European fiction with a major interest in 'the text as event' at Nottingham Trent University. Among his many poetry pamphlets are Joe Anderson, Daft Jack's Ideal Republics, Pauper Grave, Hanging Alice Nutter and Barlow Agonistes. He has published three full-length collections, Marches of Familiar Landscape (Peterloo 1978), Onkonkay (Peterloo (1984) and Jolly Roger (Smokestack 2012). Recently, with his son, the composer Matthew Howden, he has completed two poetry music collaborations, with accompanying discs: The Matter of Britain (PRE Rome 2009) and Barley Top (Redroom 2013).


Blake at the Women’s Institute


Black Moonshine


Barlow: Gull

Barlow: A Birdseed Symphony

Lowry to Bosch

A Swastika lullaby

For Franc Sesec

Barlow: Phyllis Dixey in Burnley

Barlow: Joke

The Girl

Barlow in Blackpool


 Blackpool Beach

 The Tower on Fire, 1956

 Come and Suffer

 For the Tower’s Inverted Reflection,1990

 Barlow’s back-row bulletins

 Barlow on Pendle




 On Pendl

 Sally Lucas : Jubilate

 Barlow : Jubilate


 Paperback 6" x 9" 66 pages  ISBN 978-1-291-98775-1 Published September 2014


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