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Recovered (Karl Hurst)HillsFest is a new festival of art & music for North Sheffield, taking place in Hillsborough Park over the weekend of 9 and 10 July. Alongside a live music stage, creative showcases, makers’ activity and taste zones, the festival includes a two-day programme of spoken word in the Bowling Green Pavilion (accessible from Middlewood Road), featuring poetry readings, collaborative performances, music, talks and more. Several Longbarrow Press poets are featured in the line-up, including special performances from James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Pete Green, Rob Hindle, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite; the programme also includes talks by Amanda Crawley Jackson, Mark Doyle and Karl Hurst, and words and music from Ray Hearne and Rommi Smith. All events in the Pavilion are free; no booking is necessary. Bowling Green Pavilion,
Hillsborough Park, Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S6 4HD, 9 & 10 July (12pm-9pm).
Click here to see the full spoken word line-up and running order, and visit the HillsFest website for the full festival programme.

Wichelstowe 1 (10 June 2016)‘Digital technology is how many of us now encounter places that we cannot afford to visit. However, access to this technology is far from universal. A little over 80 years ago, Kinder Scout was the sole province of the Duke of Devonshire and the grouse-shooting gentry. The right to roam physical territory has since been established, but no comparable rights of access to digital space exist; in an age in which almost everyone is expected to register online for basic services, many are digitally excluded.’ In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis considers the relationship between virtual maps, physical space, trespass and belonging, reflecting on his own practices (as editor and publisher of Longbarrow Press, and as a walker and writer) and the question of community in both digital and physical terrain. Click here to read ‘Field Systems’.

img_2745A bird I can’t name
trills like a rag on soapy glass –
a squeak with a chime in it.
Our current Featured Poem is Matthew Clegg‘s ‘Brigand’ (from The Navigators, his second Longbarrow Press collection). Click here to read the poem, and to hear Clegg
reading ‘Brigand’ in a bird hide on the edge of Denaby Ings nature reserve. The Navigators is one of seven Longbarrow Press hardbacks included in our new selection of Limited Offers for July; choose 3 hardbacks for £30 and save up to £8.97. Click here for further details.

Photographs: Karl Hurst (1), Brian Lewis (3). Click here to view more images in Karl Hurst’s Recovered Landscapes series.



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South Yorkshire (Karl Hurst)Longbarrow Press celebrates its tenth anniversary with a full month of readings, performances, walks and other events. Matthew Clegg and Fay Musselwhite headline the relaunched Jazz & Poetry series at The Polish Eagle Club, Nottingham, on Wednesday 8 June; a few days later, Clegg is joined by Mark Goodwin for a special collaborative reading at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, which follows the Digital Re-Enchantment: Place, Writing & Technology symposium in Great Hucklow earlier in the day (Saturday 11 June). On Saturday 18 June, Matthew Clegg and songwriter Ray Hearne reprise A Navigation, their Mexborough canal walk (part of this year’s Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, which also features a display of new photographs by Karl Hurst), while Fay Musselwhite discusses ‘Ruskin, Craftsmanship and Poetry’ with Sally Goldsmith, Rommi Smith and others at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, on Sunday 19 June. On the same weekend, Longbarrow Press joins more than 40 artists, bookmakers, zine artists and small publishers for the Artists’ Book Market at BALTIC, Gateshead (Sat 18 & Sun 19 June), returning to Sheffield for an evening with Matthew Clegg, Fay Musselwhite and Berlin-based poet Alistair Noon at The Fat Cat (Monday 20 June). Click here for full details of all events.

Cholera MonumentCrouched at the foot of the Cholera Monument, she feels its solidity against her back. This must be why she came here as a child, to rest against something more sure than herself, to look on the city shrunk to a manageable size. Our new podcast focuses on poems from Angelina D’Roza‘s new collection Envies the Birds, recorded at the foot of the Cholera Monument, Sheffield; D’Roza’s readings are interspersed with reflections on the vegetal layering of nearby Clay Wood, and the rapid layering of the city skyline. Listen to the podcast below:

South Yorkshire 2 (Karl Hurst)‘It is the condition of these remains at this particular time that interests me. The future and the past are other photographs, other representations; any meaning here should be through what is visible as a surface.’ Photographer Karl Hurst reconsiders the former sites of the South Yorkshire coalfields, ‘caught between the sublime and the banal’, in a polemic on cultural value and ‘geopolitical dysmorphia’; click here to read ‘In Praise of the Ordinary’.  ‘In writing, I want to make something that didn’t exist before, and I want it to cast my own light on a shared human experience. Crafting a poem isn’t taming timber or chipping away at marble: the material is word, the craft is in negotiating between sound and meaning, the only muscle to wield is the mind.’ Our second new piece on the Longbarrow Blog is ‘The Craft Muscle’, Fay Musselwhite‘s distillation of a lifetime’s learning and creative practice. Click here to read the essay. Musselwhite’s debut collection Contraflow is the source of our new Featured Poem; click here to read and listen to ‘How Rivers Begin’.

Photographs: Karl Hurst (1 & 3), Brian Lewis (2). Click here to view more images in Karl Hurst’s Recovered Landscapes series.


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