We are very sorry to share the news that John died peacefully at 9 pm on the evening of Friday 28th April. We will be posting an appreciation of John's life shortly.
The Rev. John Waddington-Feather was an Anglican priest, educationalist and writer, born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1933. He read English and Medieval Literature at Leeds University, graduating in 1954. His published works include novels, poetry, drama and academic papers. He taught in several schools and at the University of Khartoum; his ministry has mainly been in prisons.
The Book Collection
The Waddington-Feather book collection includes poems, plays and tales in dialect by authors such as Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, Frederic Moorman and John Hartley, plus scholarly and popular works about the Yorkshire dialects. Individual dialects covered include Sheffield, Halifax and the East Riding. The material is of considerable interest for local historians. The Collection also contains works on other dialects (Lancashire, Devon) and more general works about the history and development of the English language.
John Waddington-Feather's poetry from 1950 onwards, his notes on Yorkshire dialects, journal articles and short sermons. The Glyn family material includes articles by and about Caroline Glyn, book jackets designed by Caroline Glyn, photocopies of her poems, programmes and reviews of the work of Susan Glyn, and a critical essay on the poetry of Sir Anthony Glyn. Another Feather Books author, Walter Nash, is represented in the archive with the typescript of articles and a book.
Further information about the Archive is available as a collection-level entry on the Library catalogue. Please note that the collection is not fully catalogued, so access is limited. To find out more please contact Special Collections staff.
- Yorkshire Dialect Society home page.
- John Waddington-Feather's home page offers information about his publishing company, Feather Books, which concentrates on Christian poetry, music and drama, and about his own writings, which include verse dramas "Garlic Lane" and "Easy Street".
- Collection of the papers and published work of Anthony and Caroline Glyn in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.