“This brilliant anthology is a celebration of Leeds, its cityscape, its people, its problems and potential, its shadow and its light.  The poems here construct a vision for the city that helps us be truthful about what is but hopeful and unapologetic about what yet may be.”  Canon Mark Oakley

Last year, the Leeds Church Institute called for poems for a new anthology responding to themes in Canon Mark Oakley’s 2019 Hook Lecture at Leeds Minster.  The poets of Leeds were asked:

  • Who will speak truth to power?
  • Who would we describe as our prophets?
  • Whose voices are struggling to be heard?
  • What are the stories that aren’t being told?
  • Can the voices of the past help us make our future?

Some answers to these questions are between the pages of this Anthology, from established and establishing writers, as well as poets appearing in print for the first time.

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