Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper has published five collections of poems: Bruised Echoes (Outposts, 1977), Light From The Upper Left (Smith Doorstop, 1994), Beyond Liathach (Tears In The Fence, 1995), Drinking Up Time (Redbeck Press, 1997) and The Ideal Overcoat (Jackson's Arm, 1998). He has also written Making Poems, A Guidebook (Incredible Press, 1999).

He has had articles published in Epworth Review, has contributed articles to local and weekly newspapers, and written about fell-running, rock-climbing, and mountaineering for various outdoor journals and magazines.

He has won numerous Poetry Prizes including the 1993/94 Book & Pamphlet Competition, The Tears In The Fence Pamphlet Competition (in 1994/95), the Redbeck Press Pamphlet Competition (in 1996/97), and then the Jackson's Arm Pamphlet Competition and the Dulwich Festival Competition in 1998. 

He regularly performs his work and also works as a more-or-less freelance creative writing tutor, teaching adults and/or children.


Bob on his work

Poetry? Well, I'd just started work and noticed people on the bus reading books so, on pay-day, I went browsing and bought The Mersey Sound (that neat little Penguin with Adrian Henri, Brian Patten and Roger McGough chuckling to themselves between the covers). By the time I got home, I was thinking like Yosser, (remember him?) "Wow! I want to do that! Can I do that?" I've been reading the stuff ever since. Everything from Li Po to Stephen Rodefer, from George Herbert to George Oppen... And the guy I keep coming back to? W.S. Graham - there's always something extra I keep finding.

I've recently discovered that, as a child, I used to live just down the road from where Wordsworth did his courting. My sister in law works just down the road from where he was born. And on my first day's rock climbing I climbed up what Coleridge first climbed down.

My best birthday? Well, it might have been back in '93 when I got to know I'd won my first pamphlet competition. I've won another four since then, but only one on my birthday!

And the most famous person I've ever had a cup of tea with? Well, that's got to be Mother Theresa.

And what do I do? Well... I still wander around the mountains. My favourite TV programmes are football matches. I've loved listening to Monteverdi in a medieval church, Stiff Little Fingers in an Elizabethan manor house, and Ravel's Piano Trio in a car while just arriving in Torridon. I used to work full-time as a Methodist Minister but now I help other people write.

From Bob's author page at Arrowhead Press

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