007 Voice from the Town By John Bolton Rogerson 1842
Death of workers whilst (…) is republishing, John Bolton Rogerson’s 1842 poem, “Voice from the Town” including his original preface, new preface by Lucy Wilkinson, and a poem by D.A. Levy. Rogerson wrote poetry all his life despite his difficult social and economic situation growing up as a weaver in the suburbs of North Manchester, owning a bookshop, working as a cemetery attendant in Cheetham Hill, and later, a landlord of a pub on Newton Street in the centre of Manchester, whilst supporting his wife and five children. He published his own work and other poet friends that would gather in the Sun Inn on Long Millgate (which is now a patch of grass called “Urbis”). “Voice from the Town” depicts the smells, sights, and feelings of Industrial Manchester during the 1840s, but also the life and creativity beyond “the worker”. He reminds us to stay wakeful and the power of compassion, imagination and spirituality in a society that only tried to stifle. This book is hand bound, 56 pages with five colour plates.