Mark Ward | Poet
“You could say Ward writes a Bach-like poem: it seeks for purity of expression. Its leathery language wants to force out the personal, the dramatic so that a near purity of expression allows them their place outside the poem.”
Alan Dent – Penniless Press
This is the official website of Blackburn born poet Mark Ward. Here you can read poems, reviews and blogs: buy books, listen/watch audio video recordings and visit the gallery. I spent many years travelling the world working in a variety of jobs, including tuna fishing in the South Atlantic, set building for the film and TV industries in Africa and New Zealand and presenting a show on Alaskan radio. I studied for a Masters at Lancaster University and am available for readings, talks and workshops.
The Visitors Book
“Vivid, sharp, memorable observations of the places that have touched Ward’s eye and heart; the tone is characteristic of the man; poems worth reading!”
Buy Mark Ward’s Thunder Alley and you won’t be disappointed. These drawn-from-life poems are sharply written, deftly observed and shot with humour. What more could you possibly want?
John Hartley Williams
Mark Ward has heard the music [of the Heights]. Composed of wind and mist and solitude. It keens between his lines. Listen…’
Sharing stories of childhood holidays in Morecambe prompted the joint venture that is ‘Five Rivers’.This collaboration between a poet and an artist is much more than nostalgia. These photographs, and the installation that they accompany, reflect the biological richness of Morecambe Bay.
A Guide to Historic Haworth & The Brontes
This is an excellent little gem for the visitor.
Bronte Society Transactions
In the title poem, as in others in this little book, [Ward] cultivates a garden of sturdy poetic plants; they are beautiful, benodorous, they make you smile and cheer you up.
Mistress Quickly’s Bed