Poems and songs about Lancashire's Cotton Famine at Quarry Bank

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An afternoon of poetry and song titled Cotton Lords, about the Lancashire Cotton Famine, will be held on Monday 19 August at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and now a museum of the cotton industry.

The Cotton Famine Poetry project, led by Dr Simon Rennie of the University of Exeter, has been collating and interpreting hundreds of poems relating to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65. The event at Quarry Bank includes a talk with Dr Rennie explaining the significance of the poetry, Jennifer Reid discussing the broader context of Lancashire song and poetry, and folk band Faustus performing songs inspired by the historic poems. It takes place from 1.30-4pm.

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