The Lock

Edgelands (Emma Bolland)Ahead of the publication of Matthew Clegg‘s second full-length collection The Navigators (due from Longbarrow Press in May 2015), we revisit a selection of his earlier titles, including the pamphlets Officer, Lost Between Stations and the acclaimed ‘matchbox’ edition of his 2008 sequence Edgelands (of which only a handful of copies remain available). Order any Matthew Clegg title from Longbarrow Press in March 2015 (including his debut collection West North East) and we’ll include a limited edition, handmade Edgelands postcard – and an additional piece of Longbarrow Press ephemera. Click here to view (and order) the full range of Matthew Clegg publications.

‘My interest in the vernacular is imaginative. I’m concerned with the life lived and the language that expresses that life…’ Part of the cultural and geographical terrain of The Navigators is previewed in Radged and Nithered: A Vernacular Sensibility’, a new post for the Longbarrow Blog in which Matthew Clegg explores the idea of a language ‘lived’ or ‘lived in’ – specifically, the language used by the navvies and boatmen that built and plied the South Yorkshire waterways. Click here to read the essay (and to listen to Clegg reading his poem ‘Attercliffe’ on a South Yorkshire canal towpath).

Ty Uchaf ThornsOur second new post on the Longbarrow Blog is ‘Circumspect & Circumflex’, which finds Mark Goodwin
reflecting on the ‘cartography’ of his Longbarrow Press collection Steps, and addressing the somewhat different art of ‘navigation’ practiced by ‘map-maker-readers’. ‘That’s what a map’s for: to make us believe that the infinitely detailed, multi-directional & complicatedly angled terrain we find our selves in can be organised…’ You can read the essay here. Steps also provides us with our current Featured Poem, ‘Lit Lichen, Tŷ Uchaf’, a movement through and towards ‘keyhole sized portions / of a landscape’. The poem appears here; for further details of Steps, please click here. Mark Goodwin will present an evening of readings from Steps on Thursday 23 April at Leicester’s Exchange Bar (50 Rutland St, LE1 1RD); further details will be posted here soon.

Photo credits:
Emma Bolland
Nikki Clayton

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The Inland Sea

Booths (Karl Hurst)Chalk cliffs are wax-white and gull-white…

Matthew Clegg‘s poem ‘Chalk’, a recasting of Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse in sonnet form, is one of five poems currently featured in The Journal of Wild Culture‘s maritime selection Gazing In And Out To Sea. Click here to read the poems. ‘Chalk’, which looks out at, from and beyond the chalk stacks of Flamborough, appears in Clegg’s forthcoming collection The Navigators (due from Longbarrow Press in May 2015). Clegg’s debut collection West North East is still available from Longbarrow Press, as is his limited edition pamphlet Officer; click here to read an extract from the pamphlet (and to order copies).

Swindon 1 (Brian Lewis)‘Night itself becomes a place, a temporary theatre…’ The life and works of Sheffield sculptor George Fullard are remembered in ‘Haunts’, a short essay in which Brian Lewis traces the ‘internal displacement’ of three bronze statues in Andrew Hirst‘s sequence ‘Three Night Walks’ (featured in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing). You can read the essay here. ‘I lost someone recently. He wasn’t a love or a relative, or even a friend. He wasn’t mine to lose at all…’ In another new essay, Angelina Ayers
pursues and develops a different reading of displacement by way of DH Lawrence, Kraftwerk and The Eagles. Click here to read ‘Hotel California’ on the Longbarrow Blog. Our third essay of 2015 is the first in a three-part series by Karl Hurst focusing on the ‘liminal spaces’ opened up by his photographic practice. ‘Reflections on Impracticality’ examines ideas of home, identity, and, in particular, the ‘temporary shelters’ found in certain Northern English landscapes (which lend their name to his current photo-series ‘Booths’). You can read the essay here.

Mark Goodwin
and Brian Lewis reflect on the editing and shaping of Goodwin’s recent collection Steps in a candid and wide-ranging discussion with Elaine Aldred (on her Strange Alliances blog); click here to read ‘Steps of Creation’. Mark also recounts the development of his work as a sound artist in a further interview with Elaine (with contributions from producer Steve Gibbs); click here to read the interview.

Photo credits:
Karl Hurst (from the series ‘Booths’)
Brian Lewis

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Late Light

Cabra Monte, El Torcal, AndaluciaMark Goodwin‘s new collection Steps (launched at The Fat Cat, Sheffield, earlier in December with readings from Goodwin and Angelina Ayers) is featured in this month’s Journal of Wild Culture, with the text and audio versions of the poem ‘Forced Moment at El Torcal, Andalucía’ framed by images of the karst landscape in which it is set. Click here to read and listen to the poem. Peter Boughton’s review of Steps for Minor Literature[s] considers the ‘tightrope’ on which the poems are balanced, ‘poems as much concerned with phenomenology, the movement of the mind, as any physical journeying’. You can read the review here. The development of Steps is recounted in a new Longbarrow Press audio interview, which also finds Goodwin revisiting the landscapes (and soundscapes) mapped in the book (and its accompanying CD). Listen to the podcast below:


We’ve also created a short film trailer to mark the publication of Steps:

Steps was one of many highlights in a very active, wide-ranging year for Longbarrow Press. Here’s a summary of the events, projects and publications that made 2014:

Mary's IMG_3866#1  March.  Fay Musselwhite leads Contra Flow, a walk through Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley, reading poems from The Footing with new work that deepens her engagement with this territory. Her account of the journey through the valley, shaped by the ‘ancient shifts, flows and drops’ of its eponymous river, appears here.
#2  April.  Poems, Places & Soundscapes, an exhibition of digitally produced sound-&-poetry, is installed in Leicester’s Cube Gallery. Mark Goodwin and Brian Lewis present a range of vivid, immersive sound-enhanced poetry and a selection of ‘place-entranced’ film-poems. Click here for more information about the exhibition.
#3  May.  Matthew Clegg returns to the East Leeds suburb of Crossgates for the third and final West North East audio podcast. Clegg’s unique perspective on the area’s ‘arrivals and departures’ frames his readings of three poems that reference its fields, estates and factories. Listen to the podcast below:

p1000224#4  June.  Paul Evans and Brian Lewis co-curate the inaugural Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival, including screenings of Longbarrow Press short films and commissioned films by artists Emma Bolland, Alastair Cook, Hondartza Fraga, Gemma Green-Hope and Jean McEwan & Brian McEwan. Angelina AyersAseptic Technique was among the Longbarrow films to premiere at the festival:


#5  June.  Longbarrow Press devises two special performances for the Midsummer Poetry Festival at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts: Matthew Clegg’s Chinese Lanterns, a ritualised (re)arrangement of poems from West North East (aided and abetted by poet Andrew Hirst), and Pilgrimage: a walk through The Footing, in which Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite explore the relationship between memory and memorial in our walking-themed anthology. Click here to listen to recordings from Pilgrimage. A short film of Chinese Lanterns appears below:

#6  July.  Two new posts on the Longbarrow Blog focus on the making (and remaking) of poetry anthologies. In ‘The pace of The Footing‘, Brian Lewis discusses the roles of craft and collaboration throughout the five-year development of the book. Chris Jones considers the fate of ‘landmark’ poetry anthologies in ‘The New, New, New Poetry: A Consumer’s Guide’; click here to read his survey of the changing ‘state of play’ in the UK poetry landscape.
Ascent of Kinder#7  August.  Longbarrow Press publishes The Ascent of Kinder Scout, Peter Riley’s pamphlet-length meditation on (and elegy for) this physical and cultural landmark of the Peak District. The front and back covers feature two remarkable paintings of Kinder Downfall by Paul Evans. Voted Best Poetry Pamphlet of 2014 by the London Review Bookshop.
IMG_1398#8  September.  Poet Chris Jones, artist/writer Emma Bolland and editor/publisher Brian Lewis visit three churches in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to record three podcasts based on Chris’s Reformation-era sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’ (featured in The Footing). Each of the podcasts is accompanied by a short essay on the Longbarrow Blog (‘The Dance of Death‘, ‘The Last Judgement‘, ‘The Shepherds of Corby Glen‘ ); the essays are illustrated with Emma Bolland’s photographs from the church visits.
#9  October.  Longbarrow Press returns to The Shakespeare, Sheffield, for The Shattered Stars, an event focused around two poetry sequences by Chris Jones, with projected visuals by Paul Evans, sound design by Brian Lewis, and live music from Emma Bolland.
Steps cover#10  November.  Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited collection Steps appears in hardback, the culmination of several years’ writing and journeying by the poet and several months’ creative collaboration with the editor. Steps is launched at The Fat Cat, Sheffield, with readings from Goodwin and Angelina Ayers, each of which explores ideas of commitment, exposure and risk.

We end the year with two winter journeys: Fay Musselwhite‘s ‘Impasse’, a vision of a ‘hoar-coated’ Rivelin Valley that first appeared in The Footing and which we now revisit as our current Featured Poem; and Matthew Clegg‘s ‘The Last Workday Before Christmas’ (from West North East), in which temporal and emotional distances expand and collapse in the commute from city to suburb.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the press over the last 12 months; we return in 2015 with a new series of projects, publications and events, including new hardback collections by Matthew Clegg and Chris Jones and a new audio commission for Leeds Art Gallery. Further details will be posted in the new year.

 

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First Steps

Steps booksLongbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited collection, Steps. A 144-page journey through the landscapes of England, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain and Wales, Steps is also a sustained engagement with the journey’s pauses, in which the landscapes invite us to listen; the gaps that compel our attention, and from which these poems are constructed.

A beautifully produced hardback, Steps is available now at the special price of £12 (inc UK P&P) through the Longbarrow Press website and Steps microsite (normally £12.99). A limited edition CD, steps / sounds, featuring 10 ‘sound-enhanced’ recordings of poems from the book, is also included free with all online orders (while stocks last). You can order the book by clicking on the PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required):

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Steps will be launched at The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA at 7.30pm on Sunday 7 December, as part of a special Longbarrow Press end-of-year event with readings from Angelina Ayers, Mark Goodwin and Fay Musselwhite. A full range of Longbarrow Press titles will also be on sale at a pre-Christmas discount. Admission is free; all are welcome.

‘I imagined the surface of the road bending under his weight…’ ‘Wrong & Right’, Mark Goodwin‘s account of ‘two difficult moments’ that resist poetic remaking, and which compel a plain retelling, is our current post on the Longbarrow Blog; click here to read the essay. A field-recording expedition to a derelict rubber mill in Derbyshire provides Goodwin with the impetus for another short piece for the Affective Digital Histories blog; click here to read ‘Voyage into the Interior of Volcrepe’.

Finally, our serialisation of Matthew Clegg‘s narrative epic Lost Between Stations concludes this month; click here to read (and listen to) the seventh and last poem in the sequence.

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Slate and Stone

Corby Glen 3 (Emma Bolland)Our series of essays and podcasts reflecting on the fragments of Catholic wall art encountered in a one-day tour of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire churches concludes with two blog posts by Emma Bolland and Chris Jones. In ‘The Last Judgement‘, Bolland draws out the shape of the devil from the walls of St Andrew’s, Pickworth, and marvels at the persistence of pigment, centuries after the Reformation’s 100-year campaign to purge the churches of colour. The third and final post in the series, Jones’ ‘The Shepherds of Corby Glen‘, is a reimagining of the community that rural churchgoers might have known in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, reflected back to them through paintings of bucolic scenes, whitewashed, rediscovered, and now ‘floating up through the bricks and stone’. Both essays are accompanied by podcasts of Bolland and Jones discussing the wall art (recorded in the respective churches), and are illustrated with Bolland’s photographs.

LBS (spread 4)On the West North East microsite, we’re serialising Matthew Clegg‘s narrative sequence Lost Between Stations (published by Longbarrow Press in 2011). A ‘poem in seven fragments’, it explores the shifting tensions of predicament and place in seven Leeds settings during the 1990s. Each of these ‘fragments’ will be posted on the West North East site (along with their accompanying recordings and films) during October and November. Click here to read the current Lost Between Stations extract.

Seaslater (charcoal)Our current Featured Poem is Mark Goodwin‘s ‘slate-stepped’ ‘Step From I’, taken from his forthcoming collection Steps (out from Longbarrow Press at the end of November). Click here to read the poem, and to listen to Goodwin’s location recording of ‘Step From I'; click here to visit the new Steps microsite. Osip Mandelstam’s ‘The Ode on Slate’ is offered up in a new translation and short essay by Alistair Noon for the Glasgow Review of Books; the translation and the essay appear here.

Finally, we’ve updated our History page with a selection of films, essays, poems, and photos from the last 10 months; click here to review the Longbarrow year to date.

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The Shattered Stars

_MG_1438On 19 September 2014, poet Chris Jones, artist/writer Emma Bolland and Longbarrow Press editor/publisher Brian Lewis visited three churches in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to record three podcasts based on Chris’s Reformation-era sequence Death and the Gallant (featured in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing). The first of these podcasts, accompanied by a short essay by Lewis and several photographs by Bolland, is now available on the Longbarrow Blog; click here to read and listen to their reflections on the Catholic art of Newark-on-Trent’s St. Mary Magdalene church. Two further podcasts and short essays (documenting the visits to Pickworth and Corby Glen) will appear on the Longbarrow Blog later in October.

_MG_1500Death and the Gallant is one of two sequences that Chris Jones will present as part of a special performance devised for this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Writing & Reading.  The Shattered Stars also features a new arrangement of ‘Jigs and Reels’, which harnesses the energy of sets of folk tunes to contemplate themes of family, ceremony and music itself.  The spoken word will be accompanied by live music from Emma Bolland, projected visuals by Paul Evans, and soundscapes by Brian Lewis.  The Shattered Stars takes place at The Shakespeare, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB on Sunday 19 October at 8pm (admission £3 on the door).  Also included in this year’s Off the Shelf is the Independent Publishers Book Fair at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts on Saturday 11 October (11am – 4pm), a varied programme of talks, discussions, readings and more in a day-long celebration of independent publishing.  Many UK publishers will be participating, including Longbarrow Press; a full selection of Longbarrow titles will be available to browse and buy from our stall, and you’re more than welcome to stop for a chat.  Admission to the book fair is free: for more information, please click here.

Mark Entranced by Llyn BachNovember sees the publication of Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited new collection, Steps. ‘Key Ping Ba(p)la(n)ce’, his recent piece for the Longbarrow Blog, anticipates the book’s theme of physical engagement with dynamic landscapes. Click here to read the essay. Further information about the book, a link to the Steps website and details of a launch event will be posted here soon. In the meantime, here’s a preview of three poems from the book, recorded and mixed by Goodwin earlier this year:

Thanks to Emma Bolland and Nikki Clayton for the use of their photographs in this post.

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The Ascent of Kinder Scout

Kinder books (large)Wrapped in luminous cloud, pushed by the wind, we walk up out of Hayfield in the steps of the glorious trespass, April 1932…
Longbarrow Press is proud to announce the publication of Peter Riley‘s long-awaited new pamphlet, The Ascent of Kinder Scout, a meditation on (and elegy for) this physical and cultural landmark of the Peak District. The front and back covers feature two remarkable paintings of Kinder Downfall by artist Paul Evans.  Beautifully designed and produced, The Ascent of Kinder Scout is now available for just £5 (inc UK P&P).  Click on the relevant PayPal option below to order your copy.  Click here to read an extract from The Ascent of Kinder Scout.

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titanPaul Evans‘s current exhibition at Sheffield’s Graves Gallery brings together drawings of mythical, elusive and endangered creatures, including a life-sized drawing of a spade-toothed whale, and the haunting, riddling series Bestiary of Bones (a collaboration with poet A.B. Jackson).  Longbarrow Press has produced a new podcast featuring Evans and Jackson discussing gut parasites, the romantic sublime and the development of The Paper Museum (at the Graves Gallery until Saturday 16 August; open Wed-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 11am-4pm, admission free.  Further details are available here).  You can listen to the podcast below:

Click here to read Jane Faram‘s review of The Paper Museum for Our Favourite Places.

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