The publication of our walking-themed anthology The Footing was marked at The Shakespeare, Sheffield on 25 November with an evening of readings, performances and talks by all seven poets featured in the book. Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite plotted a unique route through the landscapes of the anthology: its dark cities, luminous coasts, hidden waterways and exposed hilltops. Photographers Emma Bolland and Karl Hurst were on hand to document the evening’s performances; you can view their images here. A sound-walk through The Footing, featuring spoken contributions from the poets and narration by Emma Bolland, is now available to hear (click on the ‘Play’ button below):
On the Longbarrow Blog, Matthew Clegg considers the influence of panic attack syndrome on some of the poems in his debut collection West North East. Click here to read ‘The A-bomb of adrenaline’. An earlier post, ‘Ground Sense’, explores the terrain and characters that inform his poem ‘Sirens’ (also featured in West North East). Click here to read the essay.
The Footing and West North East are currently available from Longbarrow Press at just £12 each (inc UK P&P); you can also buy both books here (via PayPal) for just £22 (inc UK P&P).
Our current Featured Poem is Fay Musselwhite‘s ‘Path Kill’ (from The Footing); click here to read the poem and to listen to Musselwhite reading it on location in Sheffield.
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The Footing is an anthology of specially commissioned poems on the theme of walking, with substantial contributions from Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite. A beautifully produced 96-page hardback book, it is now available from Longbarrow Press for just £12 inc UK P&P. You can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant PayPal button above.
City, country and coast (and the spaces in between) are the settings for these journeys;
here, the act of walking is, by turns, exploratory, destructive, restorative, defiant,
contemplative and devotional. The poems and sequences in The Footing
are The Strait (Angelina Ayers), Tithes (James Caruth), From a St Juliot to Beyond a Beeny (Mark Goodwin), Flights and Traverses (Rob Hindle), Three Night Walks
(Andrew Hirst), Death and the Gallant (Chris Jones) and Breach (Fay Musselwhite).
The Footing is launched at The Shakespeare, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB on Monday 25 November (7.30pm start; admission free). The launch will offer unique presentations of the work in the book, featuring short films, readings, audio works and discussions. Visit The Footing microsite to listen to recordings of the poems and to read commentaries by the poets on their contributions to the book. Angelina Ayers‘ current post on the Longbarrow Blog is a reflective essay on the making of her poem ‘The Bench’ (included in The Footing). You can read the essay here, and listen to her read the poem below:
The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust
On Sunday 27 October, Matthew Clegg, Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite present Street Haunting: an evening of narrative poetry at The Fat Cat, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8SA. This special event features a selection of narrative poems with an urban slant: journeys and encounters from the outskirts to the centre. The evening will also feature short films by Brian Lewis and a discussion with the poets. Rob Hindle’s recent blog post, ‘The long poem’s orbit and the audience’, reflects on the shaping of the event. 7.30pm start (you are welcome to join us upstairs from 7pm); admission is £3 on the door.
On the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis haunts (and is haunted by) the landscapes of Matthew Clegg‘s West North East in ‘The Cut’, an extended meditation on blackberries, power failure and the making of Longbarrow Press’s first full-length collection. You can read it here. Earlier this summer, Clegg and Lewis travelled to the eastern edge of the book – Flamborough Head – to record the second in a series of three podcasts focusing on poems from West North East. Ideas of separateness and disappearance frame Clegg’s compelling readings of ‘Out Far and In Deep’ and ‘The Power-line’, as do sounds from the bird colonies that occupy the border between land and sea. Listen to the podcast below:
Finally, our long-awaited anthology The Footing, featuring walking-themed poems by Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite, is published by Longbarrow Press on 30 October. Click here to read Chris Jones‘ essay on the making of his Reformation sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’. Ordering information for the book and details of a special launch event will be posted here and on The Footing microsite in the very near future.
Matthew Clegg launches his first full-length poetry collection, West North East, at the Shakespeare, Gibraltar Street, Sheffield, on Thursday 19 September 2013 (8pm prompt start; admission free). The event will explore the ‘dynamic design’ of the book in a specially devised presentation featuring guest readers Angelina Ayers, Andrew Hirst, Helen Mort, Fay Musselwhite and Karl Riordan and ambient soundscapes by Brian Lewis. Together, the readers will create ‘a fugue of voices that brings out the modulations of pitch, tone and register – the tensions and relationships between worlds and predicaments.’ Visit the West North East microsite for further details of the book and the event.
West North East is a beautifully produced 96-page hardback book comprising three sequences: Fugue, Edgelands (new version) and Chinese Lanterns. It’s now available from Longbarrow Press for just £12 inc UK P&P. You can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant button below:
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Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of its first two full-length collections this September. The first of these, Matthew Clegg‘s West North East, is a book in three parts, each comprising a different approach to ideas of crisis, journey and imaginative crossing. Fugue presents a journey from the periphery towards points off the map; Edgelands (reworked from the 2008 pamphlet edition) maps a border territory; Chinese Lanterns finds the Edgelands poet returning changed (or estranged) before preparing for a new departure. You can read extracts from the book on the new West North East microsite, and listen to several poems from the opening section in the podcast below (recorded on location in snowbound North Sheffield earlier this year):
September also sees the publication of the long-awaited walking-themed anthology The Footing, comprising substantial contributions from poets Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite. City, country and coast (and the spaces in between) are the settings for these journeys; here, the act of walking is, by turns, exploratory, destructive, restorative, defiant, contemplative and devotional. Further details can be found on The Footing microsite (along with essays, films and recordings). Here’s the first poem in James Caruth’s ‘Tithes’:
On the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis discusses the art of the poetry film in ‘Motion Studies’, while photographer Karl Hurst considers the relationship between image-making and island thinking in ‘My Island Home’. Finally, Angelina Ayers previews a new exhibition (curated by artist Rachel Smith) at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts in August: click here for further details on Angelina’s blog.
The first of Longbarrow Press’s three events featured in this year’s Sheffield Poetry Festival was The Flight, a programme of short films (curated by Brian Lewis) that explored ideas of memory and movement. The Flight opened with the premiere of Murmuration, a collaboration between Paul Evans and Chris Jones:
Ideas of flight also transport us to the East Yorkshire coast. The chalk headland of Flamborough is the setting of Matthew Clegg
‘s atmospheric audio work Cave Time and Sea Changes
(recorded in a sea cave last September); the poem-sequence is revisited by online magazine Wild Culture and artist Rebecca French here
. Spurn Head (a fragile sand spit largely formed of longshore drift from Flamborough) is the focal point of Eastings
, the concluding part of Brian Lewis
‘s account of a meridian-crossing new year’s walk through the flatlands of Holderness. Click here
to read the essay.
On the Longbarrow Blog, Angelina Ayers considers Sylvia Plath, mixtapes and Turkish Delight in ‘31 Songs‘, while Matthew Clegg reflects on the challenges (and possibilities) of achieving the ‘intimate and strange’ conditions necessary for poetry in ‘The Dream House‘. Excerpts from Ayers and Clegg’s readings for the Sheffield Poetry Festival have been uploaded to SoundCloud; click here to listen to Ayers reading her poem ‘Days’ at Bank Street Arts; click here to listen to Clegg reading ‘A Letter From Tu Fu’ (from his forthcoming collection West North East).
The paths of flood and fire were retraced by Rob Hindle in his Flights and Traverses city walk earlier in June; listen here to Hindle reading and discussing poems that reimagine the 1864 Sheffield Flood and the Sheffield Blitz (recorded on the edge of the ‘old’ city). Finally, the flooding of the River Neva – and the flight of a young man left homeless by its ravages – are the themes of Alexander Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman, which appeared in a bold, inventive new translation by Alistair Noon in 2010. Noon’s dynamic reading of the poem (given at the Sheffield Poetry Festival on 2 June 2013) appears below:
Longbarrow Press has devised three special events for the second Sheffield Poetry Festival (31 May – 9 June), each linked by ideas of memory and departure. The Flight (1.30pm Sat 1 June) is a programme of short films revisiting public and private histories. Rob Hindle‘s Flights and Traverses (11am Sun 2 June – advance booking only) is a city walk criss-crossing the territory bounded by Lady’s Bridge, Kelham Island and the Wicker, with Rob reading and discussing poems inspired by notable one-way journeys (ranging from the last transport of Samuel Holberry the Chartist to the bombing runs of the German Luftwaffe). Finally, Alistair Noon‘s Sonnets and Statues (3.30pm Sun 2 June) takes you on a journey through Europe past and present, drawing on his remarkable translation of Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman and the border-crossing sonnets of Earth Records. The Festival also features readings and workshops by Longbarrow poets Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite; click here for more details.
Matthew Clegg‘s commentary for the Sheffield Poetry Festival blog (available here) previews his forthcoming collection West North East (due from Longbarrow Press in early July). The three sections of the book ‘comprise a sonata that explores ideas of crisis, journey and imaginative crossing’, themes which are taken up by Brian Lewis in The Meridian, an essay-length meditation on fugue states, the Burkean sublime, and walks in the east of England (originally presented at the recent Occursus symposium on Post-Traumatic Landscapes). Click here to read the essay. Alistair Noon moves further east – to Russia and China – in ‘Memoirs of Memoirs’, a fascinating account of journeys retraced and poems reworked that also pays tribute to the pioneering Leningrad sinologist Vasiliy Alekseyev. Click here to read ‘Memoirs of Memoirs’ on the Longbarrow Blog.
On 25 May, artist Paul Evans and poet Chris Jones marked the opening of their new exhibition The Spirit is a Bone (at Derby Museum and Art Gallery until May 2014) with a wide-ranging discussion of their collaborative practice (also taking in Anglo-Saxon riddle poems and the remarkable bones on display at the museum). Here’s an edited version of the discussion:
The image at the top of this post is drawn from Karl Hurst‘s photo-series Gathering In The Wilderness. Hurst’s photographic work has recently moved to a new site; click here to read ‘transition and photography’, a short article in which he reflects on cultural ownership and production (and the example of Eadweard Muybridge). Finally, researcher Elaine Aldred has published ‘The Creative Landscapes of Longbarrow Press’, an extended interview with Brian Lewis that traces the origins and development of Longbarrow Press from the early 2000s to the present day. Click here to read the interview.