About the poet
Liz Berry was born and brought up in the Black Country, and now lives in Birmingham. She...
“We spent our lives down in the blackness… those birds brought us up to the light.”
(Jim Showell – Tumbling Pigeons and the Black Country)
Black Country/ Standard
wench/ affectionate name for a female
yowm/ you are
tranklement/ bits & bobs or ornaments
babby/ little child
from Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), first published in The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls (Tall Lighthouse, 2010), © Liz Berry 2010, used by permission of the author and the publisher.
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