Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster
Winner of the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize.
Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster.
John Lancaster's fifth collection is rooted in his home territory of Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire. In a sequence of eighteen poems, he depicts work and life at the Alfred Meakin Pottery, Tunstall in 1964. Moving and funny yet honest in dealing with issues of politics and status, from Cup Handlers to Clay Carriers, we also see the skills and hard life it needed to make Beryl, The Decorator says, 'pots which meant so much.' This is a tribute to the warmth of the people of an area and to an industry whose craftmanship and creativity have much to celebrate.
'His themes are directly and compassionately related to ordinary people' - Carol Ann Duffy (in Poetry Review).
Published by Longmarsh Press.