Matthew Hedley Stoppard

Matthew Hedley Stoppard lives in Otley in West Yorkshire where he is the UK’s first official Town Poet. His first collection A Family Behind Glass (Valley Press, 2013) was a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. His poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Iota, Magma, The Morning Star and Shearsman, and he has appeared on programmes for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6. His second full collection The Garland King (Valley Press, 2020) explores the traditional customs and rituals of the working/labouring classes.

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