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Cotton Famine Poems


Cotton Famine Poems is a project comprising settings of poems written in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65 featured in the Guardian. 

The poems have been published as part of 
Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine,an AHRC-funded project by Simon Rennie at the University of Exeter.

Please note that the language of the poems, which remains uncensored, reflects the mores of the time.


Sample recordings with links to the poems

A Bachelor's Fancy on the Distress - Paul Lodge
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The Work Shall Fill the Mills Again - Paul Lodge
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Cheer Up Lads - Paul Lodge
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Abraham Lincoln (abbreviated) - Paul Lodge
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