|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 offshoot 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, poems, brief Notes on Contributors and occasional reviews and articles. It has a loyal readership not only from the Pennine region of northern England but with contributors and subscribers worldwide. Its pages represent a much broader cultural mix than the title Pennine Platform might suggest.
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Following Nicholas Bielby’s retirement from editing, the baton has passed to Julia Deakin and Andrew Boobier – Julia on editorial and Andrew on design, though both work as a team on all aspects.
Nicholas’s is a hard act to follow, but the new editors will do their best to take the magazine forward whilst maintaining his high standards. The website will gradually be updated as time permits.
Perhaps the best way to introduce them is to quote Nicholas’s editorial in Issue 84:
I feel confident that in handing over the editorship to Julia Deakin and the design, production and finances to Andy Boobier, the magazine will go from strength to strength, losing nothing of its quality and ‘high seriousness’, and reaching a wider audience. Julia is a successful prize-winning poet with, currently, three books and a pamphlet to her credit; she is also a very successful and entertaining reader of her own poetry at events and festivals; and was a teacher of English Literature, and writing poetry, at Bradford University. I have myself found her critical acumen very useful in developing and improving my own verse. Andy is the director of a web design consultancy, a prize-winning poet, and a former poetry editor of the prestigious American ezine, Alsop Review’s The Gazebo; of which a reviewer has said ‘it has the highest quality writing to be found on the net.’ He is also a composer, having had his music played on BBC Radio 3. Between them, they bring many and varied skills, and very high standards, to the magazine.