Norah Hanson is one of Hull's most important modern poets; a natural heir to the city's legendary literary heritage and reputation. Her first collection of poetry, Love Letters & Children's Drawings, delighted readers of all ages upon its publication in November 2011 – and with a hundred copies sold in the first twenty-four hours of release, became the fastest-selling Valley Press title of all time.
Whether reflecting on the past, through derelict landmarks and absent friends, confronting present-day 'domestic dilemmas' with wit and good-humour, or looking to the future through the eyes (and extraordinary energies) of her grandchildren, Norah remains unswervingly honest, entertaining and inventive. Love Letters & Children's Drawings is poetry at its very best – constantly insightful, compelling, and in our opinion, essential.
"Speaks to the reader's heart ... pure, practical and prophetic. A true poet."
— Deirdre McGarry
"Norah manages - perhaps because this book distils a lifetime of writing – to bring before us the tragedy of the human condition, making it sound beautiful and worth living through."
— Paul Sutherland
"Intelligent, compassionate and humane ... a treasure trove."
— Helen Burke
Date Published: 2011-11-04
Catalogue Number: VP0018
Number of Pages: 56
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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