Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ABC Wednesday:
M is for Mabel

I recently came across this photograph taken in November 1982.

Left to right are Loris Essary, Christine England, Mabel Ferrett, Mabel McGowan and Fred Schofield.

Loris was editor at the time of the US magazine "Interstate" and called on us during a visit to Europe. We held a small meeting of the Pennine Poets at our house and Fred Schofield from Leeds brought over the two Mabels for the evening.

Fred Schofield founded the Yorkshire/Lancashire haiku group in 1995, and is presently the haibun editor for Presence.

I published a collection of poems by Mabel McGowan, "Testament to a Life" which includes the poem Circle.

Read my account of Mabel Ferrett's life on Ackworth born, gone West and an obituary by Pauline Kirk in The Guardian.

This second photograph was taken in 1986 and shows Mabel Ferrett in the garden of her house on Vernon Road, Heckmondwike.

Read her poem about and my photographs of Hartshead Church.

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  1. two monumental Mabels.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. What an interesting contrast between the two poets!

  3. I re-read and commented on your wonderful work...! It's surely worth a second post and read!

  4. Thats amazing you found old photographs, it sure brought good memories to you