Aftermath: Derek Collins’ poetry

Aftermath: Derek Collins’ poetry

Local poets read from Derek Collins’ posthumous collection.

Like many poets, Derek Collins came to poetry relatively late in life, and left a lasting impression. The poems in Derek’s posthumous collection were chosen by poets he inspired, like Peter Sansom, who praised Derek for his “intelligence, craft and warmth” and “his way of looking at the world, so likeable, so astute and open.”


Professor Derek Collins (1931–2015) was born in Low Fell, Gateshead. He studied maths at London, and worked in Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow before becoming Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sheffield in 1974.

Derek started to write poetry in the 1990s, when he took classes at the University’s institute of lifelong learning, with Sheffield poets Liz Cashdan and Chris Jones.