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).