‘Barley Top’ is an account of growing up in a moorland, working-class village in the Lancashire of the 1930s, remembering its enclosed and limited world and later, coming to terms with a society more complex, wealthier but less able to assess its roots. These are poems that reach back to the historic naming of farms, nod ironically towards the uneasy mood of the late thirties and move into the political tensions of the post-war years.
‘Barley Top’ is a top-quality hardback book, sewn sections, with silver foil blocked spine and front. The accompanying audio CD contains the author reading his poems set to music composed by his son, Matt Howden. It comes in a matching black and silver card wallet.
The book is limited to 500 copies, each with an audio CD. CD copies are also available separately via the mail order page. This release will also be available as an ebook and digital download.