The (dead naked) poets’ society strip for calendar

Watch it! One poet finds those ferns can be a bit ticklish in this picture taken by Hebden's Claire McNamee.
Watch it! One poet finds those ferns can be a bit ticklish in this picture taken by Hebden's Claire McNamee.

A HEBDEN Bridge poet has stripped off to raise money for diabetes research.

John Siddique was photographed by Leonie Hampton for a calendar featuring 12 male poets – all in the buff.

They were captured in all their glory by female photographers, among them Claire McNamee of hebden Bridge.

The shoot was organised by Victoria Bennett, of Wild Women Press, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

John, whose latest book Full Blood was the number one best-selling modern poetry book on Amazon in October, said: “I have never been rung up before by someone telling me I am beautiful, and please could I take my clothes off for charity?

“The photographs in the calendar reflect the very different styles of each of the artists involved.”

“In a world where images of skinny young people are used to sell us things we don’t need, and to make us feel bad about ourselves, it was very moving to actually be seen for who I am through the eyes of another artist,” said John. One picture of John, taken from behind by Leonie, was in response to a poem My Wife and The Composer. Another shows him posing behind a net curtain.

Also taking part was Hebden Bridge photographer Claire McNamee. She photographed Alexander Hutchison.

The calendar is available at www.wildwomenpress.com and it will also be on sale at The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge.