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Ian Whiteley

Updated: Mon, 1 Apr 2019 03:05 pm

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Born in Wakefield, now living in Wigan. First collection published in 2013 'A Step Towards Winter', with a second collection published in 2016 'Cycle Of The Scarecrow'. Third Collection 'There Are No Angels Here' published in April 2019. Performance poet who enjoys writing about anything and everything - usually with a dark twist. Member of the Black Horse Poets in Wakefield - awarded the title of 'Black Horse Poet Of The Year' in 2015 Performs & Records poetry/music under the name THE CROWS OF ALBION Recently formed BARD COMPANY - a Performance Poetry Group with fellow poets & WOL contributors Jefferama, Gordon Zola and Tony Kinsella + Spin off poetry/music/political duo BARD 2 THE BONE with Jeffarama. New host at the marvellous Write Out Loud open mic sessions at the Old Courts in Wigan GIGS: Sat April 06 2019 - CROWS OF ALBION - Literature Festival - SADDLEWORTH School (High St) (1.15pm) Thu April 11 2019 - HOST - Open Mic/Write Out Loud - Old Courts, WIGAN (7,30pm) Sat April 27 2019 - BARD COMPANY - Rock Off Fibro - Saddle Rock Bar, CHESTER (7/00pm) Sun May 05 2019 - BARD COMPANY - 0161 Festival - St Kentigern's Social Club, MANCHESTER (6.45pm) Sat May 18 2019 - BARD COMPANY - With Banners Held High, Wood St Stage, WAKEFIELD (from 12.00pm) Sat 25 May 2019 - BARD COMPANY - Strummercamp (Shangri-La Stage), OLDHAM RUFC (Time TBC) Sat 01 June 2019 - TBC - GUEST POET/COMPERE - Go Forth & Multiply - Red Shed, WAKEFIELD (7.30pm) Thu 13 June 2019 - HOST - Open Mic/Write Out Loud - Old Courts, WIGAN (7.30pm) Sat 15 June 2019 - GUEST - Still This Appeal (Joy Division Tribute) - Socialist Club, BOLTON (7.00pm) Sat 17 August 2019 - TBC - BARD COMPANY - Northern Green Gathering - Bradley Nook Farm, Ashbourne (Time TBC) Sat 14 September 2019 - CROWS OF ALBION - Canal Festival - Miners Welfare Institute, LEIGH (from 1.30pm) Fri 04 October 2019 - TBC - BARD COMPANY - CHORLEY Live Festival (Venue/Time TBC) Sat 05 October 2019 - BARD COMPANY - We Shall Overcome - Red Shed, WAKEFIELD (4.00pm) MORE DATES WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY ACTIVELY SEEKING POETRY BOOKINGS - SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU'RE INTERESTED. WEBSITE - featuring poetry, music, performance, gallery and gig dates: Bard Company website: music CD's available now: THE CROWS OF ALBION - POETIC LICENSE - 18 tracks over 70 minutes for only £5 THE CROWS OF ALBION - STILL IN THE WAR BOYS - 21 tracks over 80 minutes for only £5 - the history of World War 1 from Declaration to Armistice THE CROWS OF ALBION - HERE THERE BE DEMONS - 18 tracks over 75 minutes - for just £5 BARD COMPANY - ALL SYSTEMS GO! - 15 tracks over 45 minutes - just £6 THE CROWS OF ALBION - SCREAMING BLUE MURDER 16 tracks over 60 minutes - £5 AUDIO POETRY COLLECTION - BLACK & WHITE & READ ALL OVER - 44 poems (70 mins) - £5 - to hear a sample of some of the tracks, please visit my SOUNDCLOUD page here: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of albums (£5 or £0.50 per track) available here: ALSO AVAILABLE: 60 page poetry collection (book)'A STEP TOWARDS WINTER' for £5 124 page poetry collection (book) ' CYCLE OF THE SCARECROW' for £6 120 page poetry collection (book) 'THERE ARE NO ANGELS HERE' for £6 CD's & Books- available at all gigs or by email contact. To view some of my performances - please visit my YOUTUBE PAGE:


The Devil Don’t Own Me He may have saluted the corrupted cross In Hitler’s Germany, or whispered to Judas Iscariot, hanging from a tree, he could have pulled the trigger finger back in nineteen sixty three, he may own the soul of rock and roll but the Devil don’t own me. He may pollute the air we breath or the raging, deep blue, sea. He may breath on polar ice caps on his subtle killing spree. He may steal food from starving children or the hope from you and me, he may arm the fights of acolytes but the Devil don’t own me. He may own the greedy bankers and the false economy, the fascist newspaper owners in the lands of liberty, he may own the cops and robbers, he may strive to set them free from the laws they place upon us - but the Devil don’t own me He was at the witches coven, looking for his fee, when the British Government compacted with the DUP. He locked their morals in blood and threw away the key. The devil owns the country but the devil don’t own me. He may own the halls of government and the sly, dark powers that be, the state run institutions, he may own the state TV, he may control what we hear, he may control what we see, the Devil may be media savvy but the devil don’t own me. He owned the Milk Snatcher and the Grey Man forking peas, the Jolly Sailor Boy and the Bullingdon Club bullies. He was in the wrong line at Orgreave urging on the young PC’s. Yes the Devil sides with devils but the Devil don’t own me

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by Ian Whiteley

Raising The Standards (With Banners Held High) [MUSIC VERSION] (04/05/2019)

That Which Autumn Leaves (REPOST with Audio) (31/10/2018)


STILL IN THE WAR, BOYS! - new CD and download from THE CROWS OF ALBION (02/10/2014)

Death Of A Poet (Anthem For Doomed Youth) MUSIC VERSION (06/08/2014)

The Walkin' Man (Audio Version) (17/04/2014)

Cycle Of The Scarecrow (audio version) (22/03/2014)

Thirty Plus Years In An Open Necked Shirt (audio version) (04/01/2014)

Overdose (Of Love) (22/08/2013)

Alien Feelings (28/07/2013)

More audio from Ian Whiteley…


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Thursday 10 May 2018

Wigan »

8:30pm at Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NG, GB

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Wakefield »

7pm to 9pm at 18 Vicarage Street South, Wakefield, WF1 1QX, GB

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 19th Apr 2019 16:51

Ian - it was "conviction of purpose" that you misquoted
as a quote from me in your reply on my home page.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 16th Apr 2019 11:07

"Conviction of purpose" is always evident in your blogs.
Keep 'em coming.
Mark (MC)

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 15th Nov 2018 16:58

Hi Ian, thanks for your response to my response 😀 I suppose that could go on endlessy, and why not? it’s good to talk. In many ways what you have said about soldiers being happy to be remembered whatever the colour of the petals, is what I was getting at. I think many soldiers would be happy to be remembered reverently and possibly quite silently, I sense many would not appreciate the clattering drums and blasting pipes, especially considering the crescendo and hell of their possible final hours. Who knows, and I can certainly only speak for myself on this, although I have spoken to many who reinforce that idea. Obviously there is a need for national remembrance and who am I to decide how that may be done? apart from being a surviving grunt of course. I just know I would never wear a medal or put on a uniform to attend such a parade if I ever went to one (which I will not be doing) of course I do wear a poppy (for one day only) Remembrance is for the dead and the suffering survivors of all nations (in my mind at least) not for the showing of regimental colours and medals. I find that indulgence distracting and somehow wallowing. And yes I have a string of medals, all lost in drawers and in the bottom of kit bags, they have no value whatsoever for me. I think this is an attitude many simply cannot conceive, which in itself speaks of an absence of understanding. All must be able to imagine when it comes to art that is what art is in its purest form for me, there has been a glut of poetry regarding remembrance this year, as it is the centenary of WW1 I am not surprised. Unfortunately for me so much of it has seemed voyeuristic in nature, that too is not unusual although it is disturbing to me when it is presented en masse as it seems to have been this year. I am in the fortunate/unfortunate position to be able draw on my own experiences of conflict and to have felt able to relate them through a medium of bad poetry and questionable prose, something I would not wish upon any other person but which I myself refuse to shy away from for the comfort of others. It would be refreshing to see the poetry of imagination suggest alternate images other than poppy fields and the same old churned out funereal inevitable imagery, I would have thought some of us living in this age might be able to translate our musings into hope of some sort. I will be attempting this myself hopefully in future. I very much appreciate your concluding words in what you have written Ian. I am very fortunate that besides Captain Jamesons I have a good network of people to sustain me during my now infrequent wobbles. Thanks again and have no doubt that whatever my misgivings may be about how we remember I would never deny anyones right to do it in whatever way they thought appropriate, or to write about it and express their emotions on it likewise. All the best mate.


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Ian Whiteley

Sun 14th Oct 2018 11:15

cheers Sal - and thanks for the great review - I genuinely do write everything as poems first - and then take a big pile of paper into the studio and think 'what the fuck am I going to do with this'

Big Sal

Sat 13th Oct 2018 19:58

Good to see you going strong with the music, and keeping up the vibe!

I always thought that was great how you transitioned the poems over to song format.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 16th Aug 2018 23:19

Hi Ian,

great to see you still going strong. Just wanted to pop by and share my appreciation of Be-Bop Deluxe.

Mate I saw them at De-Montfort Halls in Leicester, must have been the 70's. I was a huge fan of Bill Nelson, though he was very strange, even enjoyed his subsequent solo projects, in truth though he was Be-bop.

Anyway thought I might share one of my favourite pieces of theirs with you, the guitar solo is sublime, and I am sure you appreciate the title and sentiment of this amazing piece of music.

I hope you still have many adventures in a Yorkshire landscape ahead of you, enjoy mate.

And just for the sheer joy of it Ian, this one....enough to bring an old bugger to tears, haha,

PS, Live in the air age is an absolute British classic.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 27th Jul 2018 17:40

Hi Ian - welcome back.
From a UK's point of view, fascism has never taken real
root in the public consciousness. The likes of Moseley and
William Joyce were more often viewed with derision and
a healthy distrust/distaste. The strutting was never likely
to be popular here with so many absolute power kings and
dictators to call upon, allied to a sense of humour that
can drive the uninitiated potty!
Far more insidious perhaps was the far left secretive POV
that saw traitors and their sympathisers consorting in
Cambridge and/or in unsuspecting trusting high society,
suddenly to come to wider public attention when their unexpected departure for "unfriendly shores" signalled something amiss...when not attending to the Queen's
collection of art works, of course. 😌

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 13th Jul 2018 14:35

Hello Ian - apropos your note on my profile page - I accept
your point. It is my point that the extremism which often
features in ideologies is the real enemy, whether on the
left or right of the political spectrum - and it is this that
causes so much suffering. The lingering suspicion (for me)
is that prior to the knowledge of what was going on behind
the Iron Curtain - and has happened since in Cambodia
and elsewhere, this extremism was largely refuted or
ignored in the hurry to place fascism at the forefront of
the foes threatening humanity. Now, we are all that much
more aware - and a good thing too.

<Deleted User> (13762)

Thu 21st Jun 2018 19:29

Hi Ian, thanks for the explanation about 'Strange Fruit'. Glad to hear you had a relaxing internet free holiday. It's good to switch off every now and then but I have to admit I find it hard. All the best, Col.

<Deleted User> (13762)

Sat 5th Aug 2017 08:59

you might like to catch this tonight Ian - documentary about Hedd Wyn on BBC2 at 9pm.

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jean lucy thompson

Tue 1st Aug 2017 09:06

Thanx Ian and well done you for all your work and accomplishments within
the poetry scene

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Harry O'Neill

Mon 21st Nov 2016 15:54

The Everyman (down in the bar) you`d like it...plenty of young folk there....I think it`s the second Monday of the month.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 7th Oct 2016 12:15

Aye I remember that 😃

Deffo - trilogy sounds perfect! It'll come!

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Paul Point

Mon 6th Jun 2016 13:20

Hi Ian, Thanks for your poem above, some lines leapt into life there - a great read. All the best, Paul

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 10th May 2016 04:41

Hi Ian, thanks for reading commenting on Implosion explosion. Much appreciated.


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Tommy Carroll

Sun 1st May 2016 21:52

Re S#n right, correct and bloody hope so. Love in perpetuity Tommy (ahem)

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Stu Buck

Tue 19th Jan 2016 10:51

hi ian, reading it in a whole new 'light' now. very clever. a sad week indeed.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 12th Jan 2016 05:53

Hi Ian,

Thank you for welcoming me back in my new guise.


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M.C. Newberry

Tue 27th Oct 2015 21:46

Hi Ian - thanks for the response about "We are the Dead"
on my profile page. I didn't assume it was about you...
more an "Ode to Opportunities Missed When Alive" from
my own POV.
The sweep of those is such that most of us are content/
sentenced to settle for less, relishing simpler things.
When I mentioned "response" in my opening line, it was
meant that the extent of the comprehensive content
was something of a challenge in that wider context and
might obtain comment(s) accordingly...nothing more.
By the way - I like "Bard Company" as a title. It reminds
me of "Bad Company" - a Western from some years ago
about youth falling prey to the same.
Good to note your busy future performance schedule.

David Moore

Tue 27th Oct 2015 20:11

Hi Ian,

Thanks for getting in touch. My apologies for commenting rather too directly on your piece "We are the dead" I don't think I meant it to be directed at you the author, but reading it back it certainly seems so, and that was careless if not a little thoughtless of me. I must admit I did revisit what I wrote, and thought I had been a little harsh and possibly preachy, so thanks for giving me the opportunity for redressing that. Now you have explained how you wrote it, it is completely obvious to me, and I do enjoy the poem.

Thanks for putting me straight and taking the time to do so.

PS, I do read and enjoy your work even though I have not commented regularly.


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Sun 18th Oct 2015 20:00

Hi Ian, back again for further comment . The poem you wrote certainly engendered a lot of discussion. You have pointed out a very good point about singer songwriters getting paid but not a poet. This is obviously a right liberty. I am a muso but choose not to sing - as I find the average offering full of bile and remorse and self pity and all the negatives of life. Why pay to hear that? I find also a lot of poetry hard to listen to back to back in open mike because of distractions - soda siphons, etc.
If there is money to be made, yes hand it out. Personally I don't expect to make money but that's not an opinion that's a fact. Cheers for now!!

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Laura Taylor

Thu 14th May 2015 10:06

:) It's a great poem, I just read it through again.

Thanks for your note on Majority too - aye, had thought of a couple of the lines when I found out about the majority, and it bloody lashed it down all day. Then that 'blue collar' shit's all over the radio and they're banging on about job numbers being up when in reality it's just one job divvied up into 4 zero hours contract jobs. Spitting mad. Looking forward to the one that I can hear forming in your head ha :)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 13th Mar 2015 12:40

Ha - cross posting :)

Thanks for y'note on me tree pome :) I was having a bit of a go at Wordsworth's idea that we lose our 'visionary gleam' when we get older. Remember I mentioned it in The Raven that time? Anyway, fuck Wordsworth :D

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Laura Taylor

Fri 6th Mar 2015 09:22

Well, I have to say that the 'sitting on it' and the work you've put into it clearly show. It is really well crafted. More of this sort of thing! ;)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 15th Dec 2014 19:24

Masks have a hard time getting past the eyes, or the knuckles: they speak clearly. I'm trying to find an old Christmas one of my own. I know it's tucked away somewhere. Pity I can't quote it from memory; I'm just plain terrible like that.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 21st Nov 2014 12:20

Ah! you got me there Ian. I'm not as in the know about all these forms as yourself. It's a good tribute to somewhere I never knew but read a lot about.

I hope your new home does you all justice!



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Sat 25th Oct 2014 00:35

Thank you Ian for commenting on all things green, my recent post.

My guess is you have been there yourself. Anyways, if you have not, then you have most certainly inspired me to keep writing.

Thank you



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M.C. Newberry

Sun 24th Aug 2014 04:23

Good to hear you are so active with your war
poem project/recordings. You are in good
company. My brother recently gave me a double
CD by "Show of Hands" with music and poems of
"The Great War", the latter read by Jim Carter
and his wife Imelda Staunton. The Sunday Express gave it a big thumbs up!

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alan barlow

Tue 19th Aug 2014 23:15

good stuff mate appreciated my music taste is very diverse and wide ranging (dance to dvorak or dependent on the day blues to buffalo) and currently listening on soundcloud ;-)given that im not too prolific in my offerings im not on here as often as i might be but i shall continue to frequent from time to time and have a read (and a listen) keep on keeping on :-)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 30th Jul 2014 10:10

You most definitely do 'get your meaning across' without a 'dig'. Trust yourself.

Thank you for responding, because I know I have more crust than burnt toast and it can really get me into trouble.

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