Wake

Longbarrow Press reviews its ninth year of activity with a summary of the events, projects and publications that made 2015:

Booths series (Karl Hurst)#1  January.  New posts by Brian Lewis, Angelina D’Roza and Karl Hurst on the Longbarrow Blog. Brian Lewis’s reflections on the bronze statues haunting Andrew Hirst’s sequence ‘Three Night Walks’ appear here; Angelina D’Roza’s ‘Hotel California’, on displacement, DH Lawrence, Kraftwerk and The Eagles, can be found here; and the first of photographer Karl Hurst’s meditations on the ‘liminal spaces’ and temporary shelters of the Peak District is here.
#2  March.  Matthew Clegg previews his second full-length collection, The Navigators, with an essay on the ‘vernacular sensibility’ of the South Yorkshire waterways, and a walk-through of his collaboration with songwriter Ray Hearne, tracking several miles of the navigation between Mexborough and Conisbrough; a film of their rehearsal can be viewed below.


Ray Hearne (Karl Hurst)#3  May.  Matthew Clegg‘s The Navigators is published by Longbarrow Press, coinciding with Clegg’s collaborative walking performance along the South Yorkshire Navigation (north-east from Mexborough) with songwriter Ray Hearne.
Boston Castle (reduced)#4  May.  Rob Hindle and Ray Hearne
stage a rare performance of Hindle’s acclaimed sequence The Purging of Spence Broughton at Boston Castle, Rotherham (commissioned by the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival).
_MG_2600#5  May.  A series of exhibitions at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts focuses on collaborations between artists and poets, including Fairytale no. 9, a new work by Angelina D’Roza and Beverley Green, and The Frome Primer, a reworking of the 2006 sequence by Andrew Hirst and Brian Lewis that led to the founding of Longbarrow Press. Lewis’s reflections on the ‘fragments and clusters’ of The Frome Primer are the basis of a short essay; click here to read ‘One-sided Walls’.
#6  June.  Sheffield launches for The Navigators and Chris Jones‘s second collection Skin at The Shakespeare, each offering a different approach to presentation. The Navigators is arranged as a trio sonata (with the voices of Matthew Clegg, Ray Hearne and Fay Musselwhite augmented by guitarist Simon Heywood‘s musical leitmotifs), while Skin references its dialogues with visual artists through the use of projected photographs and watercolours.
#7  June.  Fay Musselwhite’s midsummer walk from Rivelin Glen to the edge of the Peak District brings the industrial, cultural and ecological legacies of the River Rivelin into sharp focus. Her research for Contra Flow develops into ‘There is No Wealth but Life’, a wide-ranging discussion of John Clare, Philip Levine, and other poets and artists. Her poem ‘Little Matlock’, which reimagines the Sheffield Flood of 1864, features in the walk. This recording was made at the river’s edge, in a part of the valley formerly occupied by factories and domestic buildings:

#8  July.  Longbarrow Press makes its debut appearance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival with a specially devised two-act performance featuring poets Matthew Cleggand Chris Jones and violinist Emma BollandPersonae and Place weaves voices from North Sheffield and the Far East, ‘displaced’ musical phrases and reworked folk tunes.
#9  September.  Longbarrow Press begins a month’s residency at Sheffield’s
Pop-Up Ruskin Museum. The afternoon ‘salons’ find Matthew CleggAngelina D’Roza, Pete GreenChris Jones and Fay Musselwhite leading discussions of Ruskin-themed topics, while Karl Hurst and Mary Musselwhite present new photographic work as part of a curated wall display. The residency culminates in ‘The Exchange’, a collective reading by Clegg, D’Roza, Green, Jones and Musselwhite. Listen to the podcast below:

IMG_4497#10  October / November.  To mark the close of ‘Between Water and Stone: The Wonders of The Peak’, Paul Evans’ exhibition at Sheffield’s Cupola Gallery, James Caruth, Angelina D’Roza and Mark Goodwin introduce and read poems that respond to the Peak District landscapes of the Seven Wonders. On 4 November, The Poetry Library (at London’s Southbank Centre) hosts Tracks and Traces, a collaborative reading by Matthew CleggAngelina D’Roza, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite, introduced and soundtracked by Brian Lewis. A few days later, Longbarrow Press returns to London for the two-day Small Publishers Fair at the Conway Hall, our last engagement of 2015.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the press over the last 12 months; we return in 2016 with a new series of projects, publications and events, including debut hardback collections by Angelina D’Roza and Fay Musselwhite. Further details will be posted in the new year.

Photographs: Emma Bolland, Nikki Clayton, Karl Hurst 

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Wintering

Fever19Mid-December through hospital windows
low noon light prickles where frost’s clung
to woods butting the road behind Urology.

Our current Featured Poem is Angelina D’Roza‘s ‘Wintering’, taken from her forthcoming debut collection Envies the Birds (out from Longbarrow Press in spring 2016). Click here to read the poem, and to listen to Angelina D’Roza reading ‘Wintering’ (accompanied by an field recording made at a hospital in Sheffield). The seasonal theme is also taken up by Rob Hindle in his poem ‘Winter in France’ (an extract from a work-in-progress provisionally titled The Grail Roads), which you can find here.

Booths (TP2)‘Trig Points opens with the poet waking to a morning in early autumn: the taste of smoke, whisky and starlight still on his palate. It plays out 25 haiku variations before returning to a differently nuanced reference to smoke and light: this time in late autumn. It is implied that the next morning will be the first of winter. The whisky has been drunk. The new season will wake up colder and darker: more smoke, less light.’  Matthew Clegg revisits other times and places in ‘Fugue, Shimmer, Pulse and Fuse’, a new essay focusing on the triangulation of ‘inner, domestic and outer worlds’ in his Lake District haiku sequence ‘Trig Points’ (which features in his second Longbarrow collection The Navigators), and the influence of Bach, Steve Reich and Nick Drake on the writing of the sequence. Click here to read the essay on the Longbarrow Blog.

Finally, our recording of Peter Riley’s The Ascent of Kinder Scout (shortlisted for this year’s Michael Marks Awards) is now available to hear through the Longbarrow Press site; click on the orange ‘Play’ button below to listen to the poem in its entirety. The Ascent of Kinder Scout is featured in our current range of special offers, as are recent Longbarrow hardbacks by Matthew Clegg, Mark Goodwin and Chris Jones; click here for further details and to order titles.

Photos by Karl Hurst

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Casting Out

Spence Broughton (2015)These last acts, a casting out…

The life and death of Spence Broughton, executed in 1792 for his part in robbing the Sheffield and Rotherham mail, is the subject of Rob Hindle‘s dramatic poem-sequence The Purging of Spence Broughton, a Highwayman. First published as a boxed edition by Longbarrow Press in 2009, it is now available as a hand-stamped, limited edition A5 landscape pamphlet, comprising the text of the 2009 publication and several additional poems, one of which (‘Pitchcapping’) is new and exclusive to this edition. You can order the pamphlet via the secure PayPal links below:
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Kinder Scout (Emma Bolland)Hindle’s ‘Pitchcapping’ is our current Featured Poem; you can read it here. Click here for more details of The Purging of Spence Broughton, including recordings, essays and short films. The pamphlet is also available as part of our new range of special offers, including Peter Riley’s The Ascent of Kinder Scout, newly shortlisted for the 2015 Michael Marks Awards. Click here for details of our current special offers.

Angelina DRoza (Nikki Clayton)On Wednesday 4 November (8pm – 9pm), the Poetry Library (at London’s Southbank Centre) hosts a collaborative reading by Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite, introduced and soundtracked by Brian Lewis. The event (part of the Poetry Library’s Special Edition series) is free, but advance booking is essential: click here for more details. Later in the same week, Longbarrow Press moves to Bloomsbury’s Conway Hall for the two-day Small Publishers Fair (Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November, 11am – 7pm, free), sharing a table with Gordian Projects, and sharing the hall with over 60 publishers from the UK and beyond. A full range of Longbarrow Press titles will be available; an exhibition and programme of readings and talks will also feature as part of the fair.

Ollie‘Objects don’t just disappear and in fact often can’t be wholly dismantled or destroyed. This fragmentation and unresolved materiality began to bother me. Beginning the series again I saw these strange remnants and discarded objects as somehow exotic and rare. I didn’t know what the objects were any longer, or what use, if any, they ever had. […]  The series of photographs will eventually fade to pale outlines and go with their objects into the ever-increasing swell of the void.’  Karl Hurst‘s notes on the (re)making of his photo-series ‘Modern Icons’ frame a critical commentary on the ‘void’ at the heart of cultural production (and consumption). Click here to read ‘Space Junk’ on the Longbarrow Blog.

Pete Green ExchangeFinally, we’ve uploaded audio podcasts of the second and third movements of ‘The Exchange’, a three-part collective performance by Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza, Pete Green, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite at the Pop-Up Ruskin Museum, Sheffield, 30 September 2015. Listen to the podcasts below.
Second movement: The five poets introduce and read work by precursors and influences (illuminating the themes of labour, currency & reciprocity). Emily Dickinson, ‘I dwell in Possibility…’ (Angelina D’Roza), Kevin MacNeil, ‘painting trees’ (Pete Green), Gary Snyder, ‘Hay For the Horses’ (Chris Jones), Philip Levine, ‘Innocence’ (Fay Musselwhite), Thom Gunn, ‘All Do Not All Things Well’ (Chris Jones), Ted Hughes, ‘Her Husband’ (Fay Musselwhite), John Clare, ‘The Mores’ (Pete Green), JH Prynne, ‘Moon Poem’ (Angelina D’Roza), Louis MacNeice, ‘Autumn Journal: III’ (Matthew Clegg)

Third movement: ‘Vultures’ (Angelina D’Roza), ‘Hoopoe’s Cuckoo Song’ (Matthew Clegg), ‘Factory’ (Fay Musselwhite), ‘Amber’ (Pete Green), ‘The Workshop’ (Chris Jones), ‘To The Corner Shop and Back’ (Angelina D’Roza), ‘Bridges’ (Chris Jones), ‘To John Clare’ (Pete Green), ‘Here I Spill’ (Fay Musselwhite), ‘Meadowhall’ (Chris Jones), ‘Li Po’s Letter to Rumi’ (Matthew Clegg).

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Shifts

12065829_903846613003891_8269269050929036885_nAs the season shifts, Longbarrow Press enters a new phase of talks, readings and performances in Sheffield and London (full details on our Events page). The first of our Sheffield events takes place at the Cupola Gallery on Wednesday 21 October at 7pm, and features James Caruth, Angelina D’Roza, Mark Goodwin and Peter Riley reading poems that respond to the Peak District landscapes of the Seven Wonders, an ongoing collaborative project initiated in 2010 by the artist Paul Evans. The reading marks the close of ‘Between Water and Stone: The Wonders of The Peak’, Evans’ current exhibition at Cupola, in which new paintings and drawings appear alongside poems by Chris Jones, Helen Mort, Fay Musselwhite and the aforementioned poets. On Friday 23 October (7.30pm), Rob Hindle and Ray Hearne revisit Hindle’s dramatic sequence The Purging of Spence Broughton, a Highwayman in a special performance at Walkley Community Centre (7A Fir Street, S6 3TG) as part of this year’s Off the Shelf festival. Ahead of the event, we’ve uploaded a new short film based on footage of Hindle and Hearne’s performance of Spence Broughton at Boston Castle, Rotherham, in May 2015. Watch the film below:

Longbarrow 2006-14We head southward to the Peckham Pelican on Saturday 17 October (12pm – 5pm, free) for the Literary Kitchen All Tomorrow’s Publishers fair (co-curated by The Learned Pig), showcasing the work of 14 journals and independent publishing houses from around the UK. The Longbarrow Press stall (staffed by editor and publisher Brian Lewis) will have a full range of titles and a number of special offers; you’re welcome to call in to browse and chat. Our second London engagement is at The Poetry Library on Wednesday 4 November (8pm – 9pm), with a collaborative reading by Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite, introduced and soundtracked by Brian Lewis. The event (part of the Poetry Library’s Special Edition series) is free, but advance booking is essential: click here for more details. Later in the same week, we move to Bloomsbury’s Conway Hall for the two-day Small Publishers Fair (Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November, 11am – 7pm, free), sharing a table with Gordian Projects, and sharing the hall with over 60 publishers from the UK and beyond. An exhibition and programme of readings and talks will also feature as part of the fair.

IMG_2753‘I wonder why the impression of an absent animal should move me, so that I’ve been carrying the look of it, more than the words, with me the last few years – but that absence made present through the toppled grass, the shul, makes the other absence tangible. I feel the I missing you. I feel the weight of it in my chest. That it is painful.’ Angelina D’Roza‘s reflections on the ‘silent weight’ of loss and departure, interspersed with excerpts from her prose poem ‘Marginalia’, appear as a new post on the Longbarrow Blog; click here to read ‘Lip-syncing to Roy Orbison’. ‘The rain has formed a second skin around the hide, audibly and visibly thick, a temporary curtain for the unwalled side of the structure, a blind at our backs.’ Earlier this summer, Matthew Clegg and Brian Lewis recorded some poems from Clegg’s collection The Navigators in a rain-soaked shelter at Denaby Ings nature reserve. Lewis’s account of the experience, ‘The Hide’, is our second new post on the Longbarrow Blog: click here to read the essay.

Pete Green ExchangeFinally, we’ve uploaded an audio podcast of the first movement of ‘The Exchange’, a three-part collective performance by Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza, Pete Green, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite at the Pop-Up Ruskin Museum, Sheffield, 30 September 2015. Listen to the podcast below. Poems: ‘How Rivers Begin’ (Fay Musselwhite), ‘Because I Was Nobody’ (Matthew Clegg), ‘Shifts’ (Angelina D’Roza), ‘To a Person Employed…’ (Pete Green), ‘Work’ (Chris Jones), ‘Days’ (Angelina D’Roza), ‘Lost Between Stations: 1’ (Matthew Clegg), ‘Grimsby’ (Pete Green), ‘Goat Boy staggers on’ (Fay Musselwhite), ‘Home’ (Chris Jones).

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The Exchange

IMG_6698_riverA month-long Longbarrow Press residency starts at the Pop-Up Ruskin Museum (381 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 3TD) on 2 September. Join us for the salons (1pm-3pm every Wednesday and Thursday this month), in which Matthew Clegg,
Angelina D’Roza, Pete GreenChris Jones
and Fay Musselwhite will lead discussion of several Ruskin-themed topics with reference to their own and others’ poetry; these are free to attend, and no booking is required. Brian Lewis will also curate a wall display in the Museum during September, drawing on the Longbarrow archive and other relevant texts. The residency will culminate in a collective reading at the Museum at 7pm on Wednesday 30 September, featuring Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza, Pete Green, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite. Admission is free; all are welcome to attend.

IMG_6710_river‘Nature, art and work define the prism through which John Ruskin examined man’s place in the world, and he combined them with mathematical elegance. Art and work require nature as raw material, and through study and further engagement, art and nature will ask of the mind what work takes from the body, while nature and work, for Ruskin, provide the perfect subjects for art.’ Ruskin’s legacy is the starting point for Fay Musselwhite‘s wide-ranging discussion of John Clare, Philip Levine, and other poets and artists in her new essay for the Longbarrow Blog. Click here to read ‘There is No Wealth but Life’.

IMG_2755‘I’m looking for a language that conducts an energy from the world…’ Earlier in August, Matthew Clegg and Brian Lewis walked to Denaby Ings nature reserve, South Yorkshire, to record several poems from the title sequence of Clegg’s recent collection The Navigators. The recordings were made in a rain-soaked viewing hide overlooking the lake; the poems, Clegg’s commentaries, and the unique acoustic of the hide can be heard in a new podcast (click on the orange ‘Play’ button below). Poems in order of appearance: ‘Brigand’, ‘Mexborough, Water-Fronted Properties Released’, ‘ANGLERS REQUIRE PERMITS’, ‘The Tang’, ‘When They Next Make You Redundant’.

One of the poems featured in the podcast, ‘Mexborough, Water-Fronted Properties Released’, is also the subject of a new short film (based on footage of Pastures Road Bridge, Mexborough). Watch the film below:

Photo credits
Mary Musselwhite (1 & 2)
Brian Lewis (3)

 

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Personae and Place

Skin NavigatorsLongbarrow Press makes its debut appearance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival this month with a specially devised two-act performance featuring poets Matthew Clegg and Chris Jones and violinist
Emma Bolland. Act One of Personae and Place focuses on Clegg’s sequence ‘Chinese Lanterns’ (in his collection West North East), weaving voices from North Sheffield and the Far East, the ceremonial aspects nuanced by spare musical phrases. The second act features Jones’ sequence ‘Jigs and Reels’ (in his new collection Skin), which contemplates themes of family, ceremony and music itself; these ‘sets’ of poems alternate with folk tunes played by Bolland. Personae and Place is performed at the Burgage Hall, Ledbury, Saturday 11 July (6pm-7pm); click here to book tickets. Our second event in Ledbury is on Sunday 12 July (10am-10.45am), when Longbarrow Press editor Brian Lewis offers an eye-catching history of 10 years of the press in a series of ‘objects’ – matchboxes, maps, postcards – illustrating the values of craft and care. Admission to the talk is free; see our Events page for further details.

Chris Jones’ collection Skin is currently available with Matthew Clegg’s The Navigators; click here to order the hardbacks together for just £24 (inc UK P&P). You’ll also receive the limited edition Skin and The Navigators audio CDs (recorded in churches and sea caves). Clegg’s ongoing canal-themed collaboration with songwriter Ray Hearne, which recently tracked the South Yorkshire Navigation for an afternoon of walking, poetry and song, continues with an appearance at the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, Mexborough, on Sunday 5 July (two sets, at 7.45pm and 9pm, with performances by other poets). Click here for more information and to book tickets. A short film of Clegg and Hearne’s Mexborough Canal walk (with two poems from The Navigators) appears below:

Booths July 2015 (Karl Hurst)‘I’m back on solid ground and yet the feeling of being lost remains more acute than ever. No critical framework can dispel it from me; no amount of walking can shake it off.’  Photographer Karl Hurst concludes his reflections on the temporary shelters and permanent markers charted in his photoset Booths with ‘Winter Hare at Alport: A Theory of Disappearance’, the third post under the series title ‘On Liminal Spaces’. Click here to read this essay on the Longbarrow Blog. ‘The Frome Primer is caught between the new space on the edges of our settlements, and the old spaces at their heart; between erasure and exile, drift and displacement.’ Hurst’s ten-year-old collaboration (as Andrew Hirst) with Brian Lewis is revisited in another essay for the Longbarrow Blog, in which the poems and photographs that make up this ‘view of the south from the north’ reappear as fragments and clusters. Click here to read ‘One-sided walls’.

Fay Musselwhite‘s recent walk from Rivelin Glen to the edge of the Peak District brought the industrial, cultural and ecological legacies of the River Rivelin into sharp focus; a further exploration of this terrain will follow in a new post for the Longbarrow Blog later this month. Musselwhite’s ‘Little Matlock’, which reimagines the Sheffield Flood of 1864, was among the poems that featured in the walk. This recording of the poem was made at the river’s edge, in a part of the valley formerly occupied by factories and domestic buildings:

 

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Second Skin

Skin (multiple)Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of Skin, the second full-length collection by Chris Jones.  Skin reflects on the ties that bind us, taking in the complex layering of human relationships and the cells and tissues of the body itself. The poems consider the role of the individual within the home and the institution – ranging from ‘Sentences’, which focuses on the hierarchies embedded in prison culture, to ‘Miniatures’, a series of ‘portraits’ drawn from the experience of fatherhood – while also affirming the creative collaborations that link poets to artists and musicians. Skin is a book of bonds, reaching back, reaching out; a sensory exploration of the world we inhabit and try to make sense of.

A beautifully produced 96-page hardback, Skin is now available from Longbarrow Press for just £12.99 inc UK P&P (click here to order Skin with Matthew Clegg’s new hardback collection The Navigators for just £24 inc UK P&P – saving £1.98 on the RRP). A limited edition CD with three podcasts recorded in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire churches (in the traces of Jones’s sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’) is also included with initial orders. You can order the book via the Skin microsite (which also has poems, recordings and essays relating to the book), or by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required):

Skin (cover)Skin: £12.99 (inc UK P&P + ltd edition CD)

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: £16 (inc Europe P&P + ltd edition CD)

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: £18 (inc Rest of World P&P + ltd edition CD)

Skin is launched on Wednesday 10 June (7.30pm start) at The Shakespeare, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB with a specially devised evening of readings and introductions by Chris Jones (and accompanying projections by Brian Lewis). Admission free; all welcome. Our current ‘Featured Poem’ is the first of the ‘Cells’ haiku sequences in Skin; click here to read the poems. Chris Jones considers the development of the collection in ‘The Skin We Live In’, a new post for the Longbarrow Blog; click here to read his reflections on ‘a trove of memories, tangible, potent, ever-present, that are also moving away from me at the speed of light’.

Contra Flow 5Our summer events programme continues with Fay Musselwhite‘s walk from Rivelin Glen to the edge of the Peak District on Saturday 20 June, which features a new selection of her poems set in and around this tree-lined valley, interspersed with poems by others and the writings of John Ruskin, whose legacy is revisited as part of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme of walks, talks and events. Join us as we trace the river’s industrial legacy, its unique ecology, and its relationship to Ruskin and the city. Click here for more details. Please note that this event is now fully booked.

Matthew Clegg (Emma Bolland)We return to The Shakespeare on Thursday 25 June (7.30pm start) for the Sheffield launch of Matthew Clegg‘s new collection The Navigators. Ray Hearne, Fay Musselwhite and Simon Heywood will help Clegg bring the book to life in performance, with Ray lending his voice to the mythical and historical poems, Fay speaking for the world of landscape and creatures, and Clegg voicing the more intimate and personal lyrics. Guitarist Simon Heywood will offer musical leitmotifs signalling three modes: epiphany, thanksgiving and storm warning. Three voices, three 20-minute sets, exploring a range of tones from the celebratory to the elegiac. Admission free: all welcome.

Listen to the 2007 arrangement of the haiku sequence ‘Trig Points’ below (featured in The Navigators, and revisited for the launch), performed by Clegg and Heywood (thanks to Robin Vaughan-Williams for recording and broadcasting this version on his Spoken Word Antics Radio Show). Click here for more information about The Navigators.

Photos by Emma Bolland

 

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