Allen Clarke: Lancashire's Romantic Radical

Paul Salveson

An illustrated talk by Dr Paul Salveson to launch the new revised edition of his biography of Allen Clarke.

Allen Clarke:  Lancashire's Romantic Radical - An Illustrated Talk by Dr Paul Salveson

Bolton Central Library

Saturday 25th September 2021

11am - 12pm

FREE, no need to book

Allen Clarke (1863-1935) was one of Lancashire's most prolific, and popular writers. His dialect sketches, written as 'Teddy Ashton', sold tens of thousands of copies. He was born in Daubhill and worked as a half-timer in the mill before becoming a professional writer. He wrote over 20 novels and dozens of short stories as well as a savage indictment of conditions in the mills, which Count Leo Tolstoy admired and had translated into Russian.

Allen Clarke Book Cover


Paul Salveson, who has spent a lifetime researching Allen Clarke, has written a new edition of his biography 'Lancashire's Romantic Radical'.

It is completely updated with additional material including a new chapter on his railway writings, which featured Bolton, Moses Gate Station and Horwich Loco Works.

The book will be launched at an illustrated talk by Paul in Bolton Library Lecture Theatre on Saturday September 25th at 11am. Signed copies of the book and light refreshments will be available after the talk.

For more information about Paul's publication and Allen Clarke, go to the Lancashire Loominary website.


Published: 1st September 2021