Profile: Terry O'Connor

About This Author

A retired academic and archaeologist, Terry O’Connor lives in Burley-in-Wharfedale, where he reads, writes and gardens. He writes essays in order to try out ideas, and sometimes those essays join up and become chapters of a book. Terry views poetry as a form of yoga for the mind, keeping it focussed but flexible, and admits to influences ranging from Emily Dickinson and Thomas Hardy to John Cooper Clarke. When not nesting clauses or seeking a rhyme for ‘orange’, Terry likes classical music, walking and birdsong, dislikes hypocrisy and celery, spends too much time on Twitter and talks to any available cat.

This Author's Books

This is the story of Cornelius Franklin Gudgeon, archaeologist, as pieced together from the notes and tape-recordings that he left behind. It tells the tale of an ordinary man from a mercantile background in the English Midlands who became a solider then ....
ISBN: 9781803022550
Published: 11 November 2021
This slim, elegant volume takes a sideways look at the whole business and pleasure of being Outdoors in Britain. Why do we subject ourselves to the weather, the potential for getting lost, encounters with anti-social livestock? Are maps and Merino wool ba....
ISBN: 9781839453649
Published: 9 July 2020
Ossuary is a book for devotees of bones ancient and modern, drawn from the author's decades of research and teaching experience. A sequence of essays introduces bone itself and how it works, the structure and mechanics of animal skeletons, and how ancient....
ISBN: 9781839451720
Published: 22 January 2020
Out To Grass is the second collection of poems by T.P. O'Connor, a retired professor who lives in Yorkshire and enjoys playing with words. The collection includes reflections on the writer's life, poems addressed to historical characters, some that are in....
ISBN: 9781839451027
Published: 5 December 2019
This new collection of around 80 poems is the third by this author. Topics range over wildlife and countryside, history, biography and art, in moods from serious and sometimes angry to whimsical. All of the poems are accessible to the general reader - som....
ISBN: 9781803025353
Published: 14 June 2022
Why read poetry? We are inundated with words every waking hour: shouting, coaxing, warning, lying words hurled around as if there were an inexhaustible supply. Poetry supplies the antidote: small, precise pieces of writing in which every word is considere....
ISBN: 9781788761246
Published: 17 November 2017