The Talk of the North East Coalfield

    Bill Griffiths

    Northumbria University Press 2007

    Paperback 280pp Illustrated 210x210mm

    9781904794257   Product Code: 17124

    The closure of the North East's last major mine in 2005 marked the end of an important aspect of the region's culture. To preserve the mines' unique language, stories and humour, Bill Griffiths compiled Pitmatic, drawing on earlier collections of dialect terms as well as material from his own interviews with former miners. Organized under such headings as 'Signalling', 'Sizes of Coal', 'Disputes' and 'Automation', the book offers insights into the work and traditions of mining communities.

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