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Steve Ely started writing poetry on his seventeenth birthday. A former Sunday League footballer, revolutionary socialist and secondary school head teacher, he lives in the West Riding of Yorkshire and is fascinated by the history of England and the English propensity for violence.
In Oswald’s Book of Hours, he sets up the seventh century King of Northumbria as an alternative patron saint of England and writes for him a “handbook of devotions” loosely modelled on a Medieval Book of Hours.
His other works include a novel and five unpublished poetry collections.