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).