|Pennine Platform is a 60 page, perfect-bound poetry magazine, published twice a year in May and November. The magazine is independent and completely self-supporting. It is one of the longest surviving little magazines in the UK, having started publication in 1973. It was initially the off-shoot of Pennine Poets, a poetry workshop group based in the West Riding of Yorkshire, with which it still retains informal connections. Though with local roots, it has an international reach. It has published poets from several European countries and from five continents; and among its subscribers are Harvard and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
The magazine comprises an editorial, the poems, brief Notes on Contributors to suggest where they are coming from and, from time to time, reviews and articles. The editor likes to publish a small batch of poems by each contributor to give a rounded sense of the characteristics of the poet.
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The last four editors have all had academic backgrounds. Currently the editor is Nicholas Bielby, one of F R Leavis’s select band of students in the late ‘50s at Cambridge, who, frustrated, swapped from English to Philosophy after two years. He subsequently taught in a university in India, in Primary school and in teacher education in Bradford and at Leeds University. He has written books on the teaching of reading and on early Tudor poetry, and has contributed to books on phonics, The Satanic Verses and the Bible and the Arts, as well as producing four books of poetry and winning prizes in numerous competitions including the Arvon International and New Poetry.
In 2008 Pennine Platform started the poetry book publisher, Graft Poetry, in order, initially, to publish books by contributors to the magazine whom the editor thought ripe for book publication. Graft Poetry now operates independently and has ten titles to its credit.