Wigan poet who writes in local dialect publishes his first book


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He has now published his first book of poetry titled, Beltin’, which is written phonetically with a Wigan accent, and all about what it means to be a Wiganer.

James said: ‘It’s been published by a new publisher called Bent Key, and it’s a book of poetry about being a working class boy from North Wigan, and I write as I speak.

“I’m a screenwriter but during the lockdown I couldn’t really go out or make movies so I started writing poetry.

“I’ve done poems about the food in Wigan; over fried tea I also talk a lot about pubs, football, rugby and things from my childhood.

“In terms of inspiration, I appreciate the work of John Cooper Clarke – he’s the obvious choice. I also like Charles Bukowski and Toria Garbutt. I’m a big fan of them and many others too.

Wigan poet James Walton, who took to writing poetry during lockdown, with his first book, Beltin’

“It all started in ninth grade in high school, I started to really get into acting and then I went to Wigan and Leigh College where I studied media production, and that’s where I got started writing more of my own stuff.

“If I can inspire others to be passionate about writing and poetry, I’ll be really happy.”

You can find James Beltin’ book online, through publishers and on Waterstones.


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