'The Place is You' by Kay Buckley

Book Launch - 'The Place is You'

Saturday 4 February, 11-12pm

Sadler Room, The Cooper Gallery

Free, everyone is welcome

Join us as we launch 'The Place is You', a collection of poems by Barnsley poet Kay Buckley, with readings of her work and film/performance from 'We Great Ladies'. 

Kay Buckley’s poems are rooted deeply in the place she came from, and called home for most of her life, from the boundary stones on Royd Moor to Barnsley’s industrial landscapes. The scope of time the poems in this collection explore is astonishing; from the middle English place names of Luporum Fovea’ to the Miners’ Strike and the contemporary loss of the British high street. Kay’s writing skilfully explores both ancient and modern history, sometimes in the same breath. These are also poems that listen to the landscape and to the way people speak; not as a novelty or light relief, but as a true and accurate form of expression, and always with a sense of humour too.

Kay Buckley was born, grew up and lived in Barnsley, and her poems, collected here for the first time, are greatly inspired by the town’s landscape, dialect and people. She studied at Durham University. She was overall winner of the 2014 York Mix poetry competition. Her poems have been published in magazines such as Antiphon, Butcher’s Dog, Brittle Star and Proletarian Poetry as well as included in anthologies by Paper Swans Press, Pankhearst Press and The Emma Press.

Kay Buckley’s superb poems look two ways at once: to the deep past that formed her part of South Yorkshire, and to possible futures for the people and communities that have been battered by time’s passing. Her word-hoard is a truly Barnsley one, and her craft is fine-tuned and alert to the way we think and speak round here.’ – Ian McMillan

'The Place is You' at The Cooper Gallery