Berlie reading her poem ‘My Sparrow Gran’ on the BBC website

The BBC’s Learning Zone website features a short video of Berlie reading her poem ‘My Sparrow Gran’ and explaining a bit about it. Click here to view (works in the UK only).


The Forsaken Merman and Other Story Poems (an anthology)
illustrated by Nick Maland
Hodder Wayland 2002

Sadly, this is now out of print.


Poem on The Moor, Sheffield

Sheffield Arts asked me to write a poem to be engraved into the pavement on the Moor, a pedestrianised shopping area. It’s got bits of chewing gum stuck to it now!

This is what it says:

Here lies
a city’s heart.
There in her hills lie
her green bones, quiet under
the clutter of houses and streets.
And there in her rivers run veins
that long ago powered her mills.
Her long limbs reach to the
moors. But here, here
lies her throbbing


Berlie’s poem engraved on the The Moor, Sheffield

Berlie's poem engraved on the Moor, Sheffield. Photograph: Dave Ball © copyright Sheffield Hallam University

In 2013 the poem on the pavement was replaced by a poem on a bench, also on The Moor in Sheffield. Pip Hall is the lettercarver.

Berlie’s poem on a bench on the The Moor, Sheffield

Out of print (these are my own collections):

Big Slimy Fat Black Slugs, Nelson

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