Hadley-James Hoyles is a poet and educator from Skipton, North Yorkshire, who is currently based in Edinburgh. Growing up surrounded by the brooding, fecund grandeur of the Yorkshire Dales, the country of his early life plays a strong role in shaping his poetry.
Asides from his own preoccupations with writing, Hadley is passionate about the encouragement and exposure of local talent to the widest audience possible, which he facilitates through regular readings hosted in his local neighbourhood of Leith. Along with his own events, Hadley is active in the wider literary world of Scotland and the UK, being a fledgeling acolyte of the much revered band of Edinburgh troubadours, The Heretics. He hopes to impress them and the wider literary scene with this new pamphlet.
SONGS OF THE HEN OGLEDD evokes the voice of landscape: underground growls and mutterings; hoarse cries from rent earth, the howl of the wind amongst risen stones.
The poems in this pamphlet immerse you in the landscape of the Celtic Britons and steep you in History and the raw power of Nature.
Songs of the Hen Ogledd will be published in March 2021.
The firmament is shifting
It swats the skyline, grasping
The horizon and tearing at the fabric
Of the clouds. In the present tense
The whirlwind is un-see-able, untouchable
But ever touching. The peat-boil mist