Asbestos blamed for death of poet, 58 from Rawtenstall
A poet’s death was caused by his former career in the building trade, an inquest in Burnley heard. John Carley, 58, died last New Year’s Eve after a long battle with mesothelioma, a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, East Lancashire Coroner’s Court was told. He had made a name for himself as a composer of rengu, a form of linked-verse Japanese poetry and was an editor of the online magazine Simply Haiku. But Mr Carley, of Schofield Road, Rawten-stall, had been undergoing treatment for cancer since being diagnosed in 2010. The hearing was told he had been under the care of specialists at Wythenshaw and Christies hospital in Greater Manchester, and was latterly a patient at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. In a statement from his wife Mary, it was said that Mr Carley had a ‘hard working life’ before he took up creative writing. The inquest was told he worked 12-hour shifts, five or six days a week, for a plastic injection moulding firm in Birmingham in 1977 and used to return home ‘covered in dust’.