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Colne Valley Poet and Green Campaigner Celebrated

Jo Barnes was a much-loved environmental campaigner in the Colne Valley.  She died of breast cancer in February 2009. During her illness she wrote several poems about the local landscape – including the Colne and Holme Valley, and one of her favourite local landmarks, Llindley Tower. A short selection of her poems, called Songs of a Northerner, has just been published. The poems are illustrated by photographs taken by her partner, Paul Salveson, who also provides an introduction to the selection.

“Jo was a very warm and highly creative individual,” said Paul. “I suspect not many of her friends knew she was a talented poet amongst all her other skills. I hope that they, and others who care about their local landscapes, will enjoy these poems.”

The booklet sells at £2.95 plus 55p postage and all proceeds will go to the Jo Barnes Fund, set up in Jo’s memory to support local environmental projects.

Cheques for £3.50 made payable to ‘The Jo Barnes Fund’ should be sent to: Bank Top, 90a Radcliffe Road, Golcar, Huddersfield HD7 4EZ




Socialism with a Northern Accent  
(hopefully April 2010)

A fresh look at the Northern radical tradition and how it can help form a progressive politics for the 21st century. Includes early radical movements (radical reformers, Chartism), access truggles, Clarion movement, Independent Labour Party, women's suffrage, internationalism.
price will be around £10