Poetry with Mike Harding
Mike Harding was born in Crumpsall, Manchester in 1944. He was born into a working-class Irish-Catholic family. His father was killed returning from a bombing mission just four weeks before Mike was born. This had a profound effect on his childhood and later life and provided the inspiration for his haunting song Bombers Moon. Much of the inspiration for his writing comes from his early years growing up in Manchester. He has recorded 36 shows for BBC television; attracting audiences of 4 to 8 million.
Also with the BBC, he made a number of travel/eco programmes, including the series The Harding Trail where he cycled from Georgia to Louisiana filming old-timey and jazz musicians along the way. He presented Folk, Roots and Acoustic Music on BBC Radio 2 between 1998 and 2012. He now presents a weekly folk show online at www. mikehardingfolkshow.com.
In tandem with his public broadcasting life, Mike Harding has built a steady reputation as a writer. He has earned widespread acclaim for both the quality and breadth of his work, with close to 50 books published and plays performed. The bedrock running through all his work has been his poetry, his most recent collections of which include Strange Lights Over Bexleyheath, The Connemara Cantos and Fishing for Ghosts (all published by Luath Press). This latest collection, Cosmos Mariner, was described by one critic as ‘his best work yet’. He lives in both the north of England and in a small cottage in the West of Ireland, Connemara.