Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The Pitmen’s Requiem, by Peter Crookston

I don’t know how and why the miners’ anthem ‘Gresford’ found its way into my consciousness. I’m not from mining stock, but I was brought up in a house heated … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · 15 Comments

Poetry Week: Wednesday Early Closing ~ by Norman Nicholson

A Review and overview by David Boyd. Norman Nicholson (NN) was first and foremost a ‘man of Millom’, a small, isolated, now-dying, post-industrial town in south west Cumbria. But, unlike … Continue reading

May 19, 2009 · 15 Comments

Pitmen Painters. The Ashington Group 1934-1984 by William Feaver

I saw the play, loved the paintings and bought the book, and I was very glad that I did all three. I found much to enjoy in the play, was … Continue reading

April 9, 2009 · 22 Comments



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