Hame: My Durham
The son of a miner who became a pitman himself, Sid Chaplin’s early
work brilliantly chronicled the mining life he observed around him.
To mark the centenary of his birth in 1916, this new collection of stories,
essays and poems features the very best of this work, with essays and
commentary by his son, Michael Chaplin, tracing the early life of his
father and the story of the villages which meant so much to him.
An affectionate evocation of landscape, people and place,
Hame captures the culture which created the modern North East
but which is now lost forever.
With photographs by Karen Atkinson and maps by Birtley Aris.
Published 24 September 2016
ISBN 978 1 911356 05 9
Available in paperback and as an ebook
SID CHAPLIN was born in Shildon, County Durham, in 1916 when the great Northern coalfield was at its height, and died in 1986 when it was on its last legs. Through a writing career lasting 45 years he wrote seven critically acclaimed novels, four books of short stories, and two books of essays. His stories inspired the iconic stage musical Close the Coalhouse Door and as well as being a prolific journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of Northern Arts, he also wrote for television, including the BBC series When the Boat Comes In.
MICHAEL CHAPLIN is a playwright, screenwriter and non-fiction writer living in Newcastle, with many credits in television, radio and the theatre. He has also written three works of non-fiction about the North East in collaboration with New Writing North: There Is a Green Hill; Tyne View: A Walk Around the Port of Tyne; and Come and See: The Beguiling Story of the Tyneside Cinema. Michael is the youngest child and literary executor of Sid Chaplin.