Walt was a member of the Wharfedale Poets, a group of writers based in the valley of Wharfedale, where he lived and worked from 1997.  Drystone Lines an anthology of their work, was launched at the Ilkley Literature Festival on the 8th October 2014. Some of Walt’s poems (and photographs) are featured and the book is dedicated to his memory. A link to it is here.


Some of the poems Walt wrote with the Wharfedale Poets are here, including May You.


 Walt was a talented poet who wrote powerful poetry from a young age. ‘Poems of Desire and Despair’ is a collection of 25 poems which he wrote in his youth, including Yeat's Tower. These are shared here.


A book of Walt's poems was published in October 2016. If you would like a copy of this, please email info@WalterSwanTrust.org.uk.  


Since 2016 there has been an annual Walter Swan Poetry Prize organised with the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Wharfedale Poets. Please see the Poetry Award page for more information.



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