Since 2008, Longbarrow Press has recorded poets in performance and on location, and has issued many of these recordings on CD. One of the aims of the recording programme is to capture a sense of place – the particular environment in which the poet is reading. The recordings so far have been made in kitchens, back gardens and cellars; on common land, waste ground and moorland; near roads, rivers and railways; and in all weathers. This approach has produced some memorable readings in which the environment (be it domestic, rural or urban) adds detail and pressure often lacking in ‘studio’ recordings.
Longbarrow Press has uploaded more than 120 of these recordings to the audio site SoundCloud (including poems by Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Kelvin Corcoran, Mark Goodwin, Lee Harwood, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones, Fay Musselwhite, Alistair Noon and Peter Riley), and will continue to add new recordings on a regular basis. You can hear these recordings via the following links (alternatively, click on the poets’ names highlighted in this paragraph to access recordings by poet):
We have also created a further SoundCloud site to showcase recordings of poems from The Footing, an anthology of specially commissioned poems on the theme of walking (due from Longbarrow Press in early 2013) with contributions from James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst and Chris Jones. The Footing‘s recording programme will continue throughout 2012 and further recordings will be uploaded on a regular basis. You can hear these recordings via the following link:
For details of currently available CDs, please refer to the Current Publications page. Short films by Longbarrow Press appear on our Vimeo site; click here to view the films (including film-poems and performance footage). See also the Links page for links to recordings, short films and radio appearances hosted by other sites.