'Forgotten dialects' poetry uncovered
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'Forgotten dialects' poetry uncovered

Poems written in "forgotten" Lancashire dialects have been uncovered as part of an academic research project.

Simon Rennie from Exeter University made the discovery while trawling for "moving poetry" written about the 1861-65 cotton famine in Lancashire.

People used their local language to record the poverty caused by the crisis which resulted from the American Civil War.

Dr Rennie believes about 1,000 poems have survived from the troubled era.

Here Manchester-based ballad singer Jennifer Reid performs one of the poems depicting the tough life of workers in a 19th Century Lancashire mill town.

  • 02 Nov 2016