The Grail Roads

Europe was full of wanderers
and sickness: men who’d tracked
the Grail roads and found only wastes
and dark versions of themselves.

Longbarrow Press is proud to announce the publication of The Grail RoadsRob Hindle‘s third full-length collection.

The Grail Roads reimagines the ‘quest’ of Galahad, Gawain, and other knights of Arthurian legend, displaced from their familiar mythology and recast as British soldiers on the Western Front. As the war turns attritional, the vision of the Grail darkens; one by one, the men are gathered into a dream of ‘a first and final home’ beyond the wrecked landscapes.

A beautifully produced 144-page hardback, The Grail Roads is available now from Longbarrow Press. You can read a poem from the book here; visit the Grail Roads microsite here; and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required):

The Grail Roads
£12.99 (hardback)

UK orders (free postage until 30 Sept 2018)

Europe orders (+ £5 postage)

Rest of World orders (+ £7 postage)

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‘ I look at the maps from 1914, 1916, 1917. The villages disappeared but the red lines were more or less the same. Men came up that road, year after year, and were killed. When it was finished people came back, rebuilt their houses, planted trees, ploughed the land again. Around Ypres, over the border in Belgium, farmers call it the Iron Harvest. Each year their ploughs uncover munitions, barbed wire, remnants of rifles. Sometimes the flotsam of older conflicts turns up – lead and iron from the Napoleonic Wars and the Hundred Years’ War.’  In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Rob Hindle reflects on nationalism, empire, myth and the ‘cultural archaeology’ of The Grail Roads. Click here to read ‘The Iron Harvest’.

On Saturday 22 September, Longbarrow Press travels to Senate House (Bloomsbury, London) for the one-day Poetry Book Fair (11am – 5pm, free), where we’ll be sharing the hall with over 80 publishers from the UK. A full range of Longbarrow Press titles will be available; a programme of readings and talks will also feature as part of the fair.

Images:
1. Emma Bolland
2. Rob Hindle

 

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The Rose of Temperaments

Whatever binds this colour to our eyes and hearts
we cannot part its salve and sting of ambivalence.
Geraldine Monk

Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of The Rose of Temperaments, a limited edition pamphlet featuring poems by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon. The 36-page pamphlet comprises six colour-themed sonnets (in their original and ‘recoloured’ versions), reflections on art, poetry and semiotics by project curators Paul Evans and Brian Lewis, and essays on science and colour perception by The University of Sheffield’s Richard Jones and Tony Ryan.

The pamphlet is available free with any Longbarrow Press hardback for a limited period (click here to view and order current publications), or for a small fee (to cover postage and handling costs – click on the relevant PayPal button below):

UK orders: £1.50

Europe orders: £3.50

Rest of World orders: £4.50

‘Our transactions, our memories, are everywhere and nowhere – at home, at work, on the move – enabled by technology that is everywhere and nowhere; the bundles of optical fibres beneath our streets, the unmarked mobile phone masts we scarcely notice at the roadside, the GPS satellites in semi-synchronous orbits. It’s embedded in the ground, in the sea, in the air, and, like most of our infrastructure, we only shift our attention to it when something goes awry.’ On the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis considers the relationship between our communication networks and the spaces in which they operate; a theme developed in J.R. Carpenter‘s multimedia work The Gathering Cloud, in which a cultural history of the skies informs an extended meditation on the discreet, complex and expanding ecosystem of ‘cloud computing’ (and its environmental impact). Click here to read ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’.

 

Images:
1. Emma Bolland
2. Brian Lewis
3. Luke Howard

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