The Writers of Wales Database

BARKER, LES

Les Barker copyright to Shaggy 359Les Barker was born in 1947 and is originally from Manchester, although he now lives in North Wales. He is a poet who is well known for his comedic works, although he also writes serious pieces. Les trained in accountancy before touring as a solo folk music artist, and later with The Mrs Ackroyd Band. He has toured the world with the band, and released twenty albums.

Les' poetry is extensively published. Since moving to Wales, Les has learnt Welsh and was awarded the NIACE Inspire Award as Welsh Learner of the Year in 2008. He has since published two volumes of poetry in Welsh.

Selected Publications:
Songs for Swingin' Tails (Les Barker, 1975)
Mrs. Ackroyd's Again (Les Barker, 1975)
Dog Ends (Les Barker, 1975)
Her Master's Book (Les Barker, 1977)
Fidofax (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 1989)
Sitting With My Dog on Display (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Spencer's Dog Rover (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Reign of Terrier (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Fetlar (Les Barker, 2003)
Beyond Our Cairn (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Something to Sniff At (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
O Camel Ye Faithful (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Alsatians to Crewe (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Vodabone (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Red Setters in the Sunset (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
A Tail of Two Setters (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Rover the Hills and Far Away (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
The First Mutt is the Cheapest (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Labrador Rigby (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
Werneth Willie Ackroyd (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2003)
The Mrs Ackroyd Occasional Table Book (Mrs Ackroyd Enterprises, 2004)

Contributed to:
The Trials of Enoc Huws by Daniel Owen (co-translator) (Brown Cow, 2010)