Welcome to the official website of Raftery the Poet. 

I have been writing and performing my own poetry for a number of years, mainly in the West Yorkshire area. Having grown up in the Merseyside region I came to Leeds as a journeyman pile-cloth weaver at some point in the seventies and it has been my home ever since. My poetry is frequently humorous but often tinged with pathos as I strive to acutely observe and spotlight the minutiae of life. I am keen to bring my work to a wider audience. Hopefully visitors to this website will enjoy the opportunity to sample the essential flavour of my work and will use it as the gateway to discover more. 

Richard Raftery