Some welcome recent press coverage of the work of one of the University of Bradford’s research students. David Copeland has recently completed his M. Phil. thesis, “From Bradford Moor to Silver Dale”, on Willie Riley, the Bradford-born author of “Windyridge” and many other bestselling tales of Yorkshire life. Riley was extremely popular in his day, but is now little known. David has in essence rediscovered him, finding many more published writings, locating the author’s archive, and writing a detailed biography and bibliography. The archive will now be donated to Special Collections at the University. David and the Special Collections staff will now work together to bring this heartwarming, life-affirming author to a wider audience.
ABOUT THIS BLOGWritten by Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford
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