Brigflatts Friends Meeting House
Entrance Gate to Burial Ground
For the next twelve years he worked as
a local journalist and languished in virtual obscurity until, in
1964, a young Newcastle poet named Tom Pickard was inspired to
contact him. This reinvigorated Bunting as a poet and in the next
year he wrote his acclaimed semi auto-biographical poem
Briggflatts which was inspired by the Northumbrian landscape.
Pickard subsequently rented Morden Tower from Newcastle Corporation
and turned it into a poetry centre where Bunting gave frequent
In 1968 Bunting was appointed to the Northern Arts
Literary Fellowship at Durham and Newcastle Universities.
He died at the age of 85 after a short illness.
There is a memorial to him in the Durham University Botanic