“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 – MQB

Lodestar billboard

Artist Talk, Signal Film & Media. Barrow in Furness

EXHIBITION | LODESTAR

With Kate Davis, David Moore, Michael Webster

Blackburn 2017

EXHIBITION | FIVE RIVERS

With Rebecca Chesney

Winter Gardens

Morecambe 2008

MIGRATION MAP | EXHIBITION

Kick Down the Barriers

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Blackburn 2020

POLISH SHOP | EXHIBITION

Kick Down the Barriers

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Blackburn 2020

EXHIBITION | HOLY DETRITUS

The Lakes Arts Collective

Grasmere 2013

SCULPTURE | CIRCLING THE SQUARE

Kate Davis

David Moore

Mayfair, London 2020

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. If you like what you see and wish to know more please get in touch through the contact page.

I’m available for readings, workshops and writing commissions.

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!”
Jack Mapanje

Portrait in Black

‘This is the poetry of the Lodestar: as Ward himself says in one of his poems, a magnetic field, an outlet, a pressure valve; here the tensions and release of art and music and the personal history of the remarkable Margo Grimshaw, (and her gloriously infamous Lodestar), find their full expression.
Neil Rollinson

Thunder Alley

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