HIDDEN CULTURE, FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Paperback 6" x 9"
ISBN – 978-1-326-95741-4
Published March 2017
a piece of passionate scholarship
that illuminates an area of our culture that has been all but
forgotten, if it was ever remembered by the mainstream in the first
place. This is a veiled history, a history that has been at the back
of the collective mind for decades, and which can now be brought
blinking into the light.
This book reminds me why I began to
read and write poems; I’m a little younger than the writers featured
in this book but I remember the same excitement of hunting down
small mimeographed and badly stapled magazines and pamphlets and
going to raucous readings in the upstairs rooms of pubs on the edge
of towns that were deemed to be far, far from the centre of things.
This was in the distant pre-internet days, of course, and so a
movement could be truly underground, could exist way off the radar
of what the establishment told us was the acceptable face of poetry
and art. The problem with being an underground movement of course is
that you get buried, and Bruce Wilkinson has done a fantastic job of
digging and digging to find treasure that would otherwise have
Here is literature and activism that
grows in a corner of Lancashire and takes on the world and is
informed by what is happening across the globe; it’s a scene that is
happy to take influences from pop culture, from America and Europe
and from a deep-seated Northern opposition-ness that sets its face
against the prevailing cultural wind.