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Bill Griffiths - Collected Poems and Sequences (1981-90)

Bill Griffiths’ contribution to post-war British literature is both substantial and significant. From the late 1960s until his death in 2007, the poet produced a bibliography of over 300 items, which cover poetry, collaborations, translations, essays, polemics, dialect studies, social history and more. Additionally, his skills as an archivist, book designer, and small press publisher enabled Griffiths to catalogue and support the proliferation of innovative poetry in Britain from the 1970s onwards. His erudite work on the history and patois of the North-East of England is equally noteworthy. And yet—partially as a result of the poet’s own preference to publish groups of poems in small units through independent publishers—much of this oeuvre would be difficult to locate outside of special collections in various institutions. 

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Date: 6 August 2014

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