Coal in the Blood, An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology, Natalie Braber and David Amos
Coal in the Blood: An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology
Natalie Braber and David Amos
160 pages, 198x129mm, illustrated paperback, published by Trent Editions
Published 23rd November 2021
The first collection of poetry, short stories and anecdotes about the coal mining industry in the East Midlands. The Anthology includes sections on the working environment underground, both at the coalface in ‘Winning the Coal’ and elsewhere below ground in the ‘Working Environment’. Other chapters include coalmining disasters and accidents, minorities and migrants, pit communities, industrial unrest, rationalisation and closures and the legacy of the coal industry locally.
The region was made up of coalfields in North West Leicestershire, South Derbyshire, North Derbyshire and West Nottinghamshire. Early coalmining in the East Midlands region dates back to Medieval Times but it really took off with the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century.
Coalmining shaped the landscape and townscape and the lives of those who worked and lived in coalmining regions. Following nationalisation in 1947, the East Midlands became known as ‘Roben’s Promised Lane’ in the 1960’s. The last colliery in the region, Thoresby, closed in July 2015.
The introductions to each section together make up a brief history of the East Midlands coalfield and explain the work process in mining, plus the social history and how the text relates to it. The publication brings together some established writers from around the region including John Harvey, Deborah Tyler Bennett and DH Lawrence, alongside other less well known including several pitmen poets. The majority of the poems, short stories and anecdotes have not been published previously.
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About the Editors
Natalie Braber is Professor of Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University. Recent publications include Nottinghamshire Dialect, Pit Talk of the East Midlands and Lexical Variation in an East Midlands Mining Community.
David Amos is a former East Midlands coalminer, the last of six generations who worked in the local coal mining industry. He worked in the coal mining industry for twenty-four years, achieved his BA History degree at the age of 45 and his Doctorate at the age of 55.
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