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.

A poem found on the Road to Nowhere – Norman Nicholson’s ‘Rising Five’.

Millom in Cumbria was once a rural community with a scattered population that relied heavily on farming and fishing to scratch a living. All of that changed forever in the … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to Vulpes Libris’ 7th Annual Poetry Week! We continue our tradition of spotlighting an often under-appreciated literary form. This year’s spring time salute ranges from rural life to Shakespeare … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Norman Nicholson – The Fire of the Lord and The Green Shore

Review by David Boyd Norman Nicholson (‘NN’) is best known for his poetry, but his poetry is in a way just the distillation of a lifetime of all kinds of … Continue reading

July 20, 2011 · 6 Comments

Coming Up this week

Like everyone else, the Foxes are making the most of the warm weather: picnicking, playing with cubs, unpacking moving boxes; you know, all that fun stuff. But we still have … Continue reading

July 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

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

Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris

Spring seemed like the perfect time for Poetry Week here on VL, so we’ve slated a full week of the subject, with actual poems, biographies, a Soapbox and other goodies. … Continue reading

May 17, 2009 · 1 Comment


Norman Nicholson. 1914 – 1987 In his introduction to the 1947 Camden Classics edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights Norman Nicholson said,”No artist is an accident, yet if we try … Continue reading

March 28, 2008 · 14 Comments



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