Roger Elkin: Sam Thorley, his Reckonings 

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Roger Elkin has won over sixty-two Firsts in (inter)national Competitions, the Sylvia Plath Award for Poems about Women, and the Howard Sergeant Memorial Award for Services to Poetry (1987). His twelve collections include Fixing Things (2011), Marking Time (2013), Chance Meetings (2014), Sheer Poetry (2020) and The Leading Question, which was published in 2021 by The High Window Press. (2021). He was also, during the years 1991-2006, the editor of the long-established poetry magazine, Envoi. Commenting on his work, Don Paterson has said: ‘Roger Elkin’s poems burst with sharply observed and well-chosen detail, and are simply very interesting.’

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SAM THORLEY, HIS RECKONINGS

A short story-line is recorded by Edmund Burke, in The Annual Register of World Events, A View of the History, Politicks and Literature of the Year, volume 20, page 184:

‘At Chester Lent Assizes, April 1777, one Samuel Thorley, a butcher’s follower and occasional grave-digger…

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