RIP Barry Hines: tributes paid to one of Yorkshire’s greatest writers

Influential Yorkshire writer Barry Hines, who wrote A Kestrel For A Knave and apocalyptic TV movie Threads, has died aged 76.

His death was announced by friend and fellow ‘Barnsley Bard’ Ian McMillan yesterday.

Hines, who grew up in a South Yorkshire mining village, worked as a teacher before becoming an acclaimed and powerful author.

His novel about a young boy from a tough rural community who finds solace by adopting and training a Kestrel was turned into the classic Ken Loach film Kes in 1969, with both the literary and cinematic visions notable for their bleak yet moving depictions of working class life and hardship in the North of England.

Hines also wrote the script for the BAFTA-winning chiller Threads, about a nuclear attack on Sheffield – widely considered one of the finest TV films ever made.

On Twitter, tributes have been paid to Hines by acting and writing luminaries alike, with many pointing out that he inspired a generation of creatives from similar backgrounds and places:

Hines’s legacy will surely be as one of the finest writers ever to emerge from Yorkshire. And someone who taught both fans, contemporaries and the establishment that powerful stories and characters could emerge from anywhere.


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