Jackie Litherland

Scope and Content

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of Jackie Litherland.

Administrative / Biographical History

S.J. Litherland's work encompasses love, politics, loss, and philosophy. She has six published collections of poetry, The Long Interval (Bloodaxe 1986), Flowers of Fever (Iron Press 1992), The Apple Exchange (Flambard 1999), The Work of the Wind (Flambard 2006), The Homage (Iron Press 2006) and The Absolute Bonus of Rain (Flambard 2010).

Her highly praised The Work of the Wind is a four-part book about her years with the poet Barry MacSweeney and The Homage is a sequence of poems about cricket and former England captain Nasser Hussain which was nominated for Cricket Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, most notably in New Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993), Forward Book of Poetry 2001 and North by North East (Iron 2006). She was co-editor of The Poetry of Perestroika (Iron) and has edited many books. She has received two Northern Writers' Awards, 1994, 2000. Originally from Warwickshire, she has lived in Durham City since 1965, bringing up a son and daughter and working as a journalist (as Jackie Levitas). Now a part-time tutor and mentor in creative writing, she is also a founding member of Vane Women writers collective and press. She has four grandsons.

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