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From November 2016…

… Jo is taking a break from co-facilitating the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza (to concentrate on song writing). The Stanza will be facilitated by Alison McNulty and will continue to meet regularly in Clitheroe

On the 24 March 2016

Maureen Fenton and Jo Harding, members of the local stanza, read at a charity event in the Ribble Valley Council chambers. There was also music and singing.

In September 2015

the local Stanza gave a reading to coincide with the Ribble Valley/Pendle stage of the Tour of Britain. The reading was at The Alehouse, Market Square.

First World War

In October 2014 members of the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza read their responses to First World War poems and others poems inspired by the archives in Preston.

Jazz Festival May 2014

Members of Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza, including Jo Harding, read during the 2014 Jazz Festival at the Swan and Royal to an enthusiast audience. All the poems were on the theme of music and the reading was so well received that it will be repeated, probably in 2015.

poetry-pile2Ilkley Literature Festival

On 11 October 2013 members of the Stanza, including Jo Harding, read at the Ilkley Literature Festival. The title of the reading was Family Skeleton from the GBS quote ‘If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance’.

In 2012


Theresa Robson and Jo Harding edited two anthologies.

Following the successful launch of the Food Anthology, Flavoured as Much as Coloured, on 26 July 2012, the Witches Anthology, The House at Black Moss, was launched on Thursday 25 October  2012.

2012 was the 400th anniversary of the infamous Lancashire witch trials, which saw ten men and women from the Pendle Hill area tried and executed for witchcraft.

Clitheroe Books Press marked the anniversary with the publication of a collection of poetry with a witches theme The House at Black Moss.

Launch of Philip Burton’s Too Young to Forget

On 27 October 2011 local poet Philip Burton read from his new collection Too Young to Forget. Afterwards he answered questions. Admission was free and there were drinks and nibbles. The enjoyable event finished at 9pm.

Poetry Reading during the Food Festival

There was a poetry reading in the shop on 13 August 2012 during the Clitheroe Food Festival. The theme was ‘Food’.

Cheese and Chairs Workshop at Chipping Village Hall

The workshop facilitated by Jo Harding and Theresa Robson in January 2012 produced some wonderful poems on the two themes and some have been posted on the Forest of Bowland’s website.

Anyone interested in further workshops should contact Jo Harding on

Here is Where the Candy Sticks

The anthology to accompany the Shop project was launched at Molly’s Cafe, Moor Lane on the 16 September 2010. Copies of the anthology are available from the shop at £5

Every year Jo Harding organises a series of poetry readings

The Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza have given a series of readings in the area. The first three were in the Preston area and the fourth at Molly’s in Clitheroe. Following their success at the Lancaster Lit Fest in October 2009, they are not to be missed.

The readings in 2009 season were in the newly refurbished Clitheroe Castle and included Peter Street, Chrissie Gittings and Cynthia Kitchen. Admission was free.

The 2008 season consisted mostly of readings by local poets: Elizabeth Burns, Carol Coates amongst others. Matthew Welton also read (actually he didn’t read but recited from memory) in his very different style. In 2007 the 6 readings were given by Michael Symmons Roberts, Jacob Polley, Julian Turner, Mike Barlow and Jane Routh, 5 local writers and Sean O’Brien. In 2006 the readers were 6 female poets all published by Bloodaxe

If you are interested any of the events either as listener or participator please contact Jo Harding