Derbyshire and the Peak District have many beautiful locations. Tom Bates has extensively researched the history of Derbyshire and the Peak District town, villages and people and has produced these books.
Tom Bates, Derbyshire Author, Writer and Poet
The Books of Derbyshire Author Tom Bates ...
Insider’s Guides to Peak District Villages
Leaflets about the towns and villages of the Peak District of Derbyshire. Currently 55 available. For more information, please click on this link to the Peak District Villages Insider’s Guides Guide!
Discovering Derbyshire's White Peak (currently unavailable)
Situated in the Peak District National Park, the White Peak is a wonderland of breathtaking scenery; a paradise for walkers, hikers and nature lovers alike. This book describes in detail the villages, trails and rivers that make the White Peak so special to the millions of visitors who come each year to the Peak District of Derbyshire - and creates a permanent record, fixing the area in history within the framework of the Millenneum Year of AD 2000.Click here to contact Tom for more details
Derbyshire Born & Bred (currently unavailable)
Derbyshire Born & Bred (ISBN 9 9522108 1 9) is a small collection of poems about Derbyshire distilled from the author's sense impressions of his native county. It is the third booklet of verse from New Age Poetry Press following Rumblings in The Dust (1993) & Phoenix Rising (1997) and includes work from both previous publications plus some new material published here for the first time. This is Tom Bates in his previous incarnation as poet Neil ‘Reb' Lee, and we learn of the author:"After gaining a BA in Sociology his early writing consisted mainly of social commentary, heavily influenced by the ethics of free religious thought, but later he was inspired by the poetic vision and rationalist philosophy of Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939), a writer with whom he claims great affinity - not least for his unconventional and controversial social views and Bohemian lifestyle. The author is a lover of the natural world, and the essential vitality which is evident in his writing is captured perfectly in the poem, 'Derbyshire', which distils the very essence of his belief and philosophy, and leaves the reader in no doubt of his being Derbyshire Born & Bred!"
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Phoenix Rising (currently unavailable)
As Far as the blind eye sees on the upland peak: As much as the ear
can tell when the dumb lips speak: As far as the mind can bend when
the bell is rung. As tall as the story told when the song is sung;
As much as the heart can hold or the tale can tell. As high as heaven
or as deep as hell: The world turns, the sun burns; the moon casts
her spell: and the phoenix rises.
Rumblings in the Dust
Rumblings in the Dust by Reb Lee (subtitled 'The Poetry of Life') ISBN
0 9522108 00 is a seminal volume of poems and philosophical prose which
has become a classic of it's time & genre. Published in 1993 by
New Age Poetry Press, the book begins grandly: 'Genesis:Chap.1 v1:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was
without form and void".....and out of the void came....Rumblings
in the Dust, the Poetry of Life!
More About Tom Bates
Snapshots in Time Book
Weird and Wacky Derbyshire Folk Book
© Tom Bates 2006 Onwards