Could you explain your connection to Tom Twisleton?
I’ve know about Tom all my life. Greg my father, born in 1900 above his parents shop in Settle market place, was 48 when I was born, knew Tom and shared with me about him. One reason the centenary has so much energy is that one step away living link between Tom and I. My father read me Tom’s poems, walked me up to Winskill as a child, and when he died in 1974 left me the graphic mid 19th century press cutting of Tom’s father, Frank, the Craven Giant.
Church involvement as a teenager helped me look at parish records in the 1970s where, in the-then manual searching, a rare name like Twisleton is an advantage. Being a writer I’ve set my mind in recent years, to publications linked to Twisleton’s in genealogical magazines: Family Tree Magazine July 2007 on Seeing the World as a Twisleton from which I built another article on A Religious Gene in Your Family Tree July 2007. With my mother living in Settle up to 2010, I was regularly visiti…
The warmth and humour of Craven Dialect poet Tom Twisleton (1845-1917) provide a window into the best features and aspirations of Yorkshire.
‘Lang Tom fra' Winskill Rock’ was literally a giant among men who compensated in humility for his physical aloofness. ‘When a chap can't beear from others lips his faults to hear, it shows his want of sense’ he writes and his poems poke at self-importance.
Tom Twisleton 100 is a welcome celebration of straight speaking in which Settle Stories has partnered the Twisleton family and the Museum of North Craven Life in working with young people to promote the Craven dialect and engage with social issues.
Tom’s poems shine with refreshing integrity. They ‘speak truth unto power’ shake shackles of addiction and challenge hypocrisy in the name of Truth that sets free.
On behalf of the Twisleton family I am honoured to commend this Centenary publication which points beyond itself to web resources including that ‘must read’ for Yorkshire folk: ‘Poems…