Waymarks

king-lears-lake‘Very near to where I live there is a country park. It has an abundance of solid lines to balance along. One of my favourite lines is made from old railway track bolted to short pillars. This single railway rail is just a foot or two above the water of the river Soar, and it was placed here as a guard, to keep boats off the weir.’  Walker, climber and poet Mark Goodwin considers the development of his ‘rail-balancing’ practice in the parklands of Leicestershire, in which impediments to movement – protective rails and posts, sometimes recycled from transport infrastructure – are reclaimed as ‘ways’ through these managed landscapes. Click here to read ‘Along a Line’ on the Longbarrow Blog.

004a-1-1A versatile design of pale lime scales
had been messed up, intercut with twine…
Our new Featured Poem is ‘Moorhen’ by Fay Musselwhite (from Contraflow, her debut Longbarrow Press collection). Click here to read the poem, and to hear Musselwhite reading ‘Moorhen’ on the banks of the river Rivelin. Fay Musselwhite will be reading with Angelina D’Roza in the intimate setting of the Turret House, Sheffield Manor Lodge, on Saturday 17 September (2pm start). Advance booking essential (due to limited space); click here for more details. Also on Saturday 17 September, Longbarrow Press travels to Bloomsbury’s Conway Hall for the one-day Poetry Book Fair (10am – 4.30pm, 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; an exhibition and programme of readings and talks will also feature as part of the fair.

goetheschillergreenThe Rose of Temperaments, a collaborative colour-themed project curated by Paul Evans and Brian Lewis, is unfolding on the project website, with new sonnets by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon. Click here for the index of poems published to date (and those still to come); you can also hear recordings of each of the sonnets on this page, and read essays on the project here.

Finally, if you order any of our handsome litho-printed hardbacks in September you’ll get £1 off the RRP. Click on the following links for further details and to order: Contraflow by Fay Musselwhite, Envies the Birds by Angelina D’Roza, Skin by Chris Jones, The Navigators by Matthew CleggSteps by Mark Goodwin, West North East by Matthew Clegg and The Footing anthology.

Images:
Nikki Clayton (1)
Karl Hurst (2)

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Primary Colours

goetheschillerpsConceived and curated by Paul Evans and Brian Lewis, The Rose of Temperaments is a new collaborative project featuring poetry by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon. Each poet has been allocated one of six primary or secondary colours – Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange – and has created a sonnet based on that colour. A new sonnet will appear on The Rose of Temperaments website every Thursday from 18 August to 22 September 2016; recordings, essays and other materials relating to the project will also be uploaded during this period. Part of Year of Making Sheffield 2016 and Festival of the Mind.

Ted Hughes Festival (Karl Hurst)‘In all the overheard talk, there is scant mention of Brexit, though it can’t be far from the surface. One theme that does recur throughout the evening – onstage and offstage – is community: not in an abstract sense, or in worthy, dutiful proclamations, but as a lived and living thing, shared and particular, the point from which many of tonight’s poems, tales and songs begin.’
A new post on the Longbarrow Blog reflects on two recent festivals in Mexborough and Hillsborough, and the threads of community, common heritage and collaboration that run through them. Click here to read ‘The Outbuilding’ by Brian Lewis.

Kinder Scout (Emma Bolland)To mark 10 years of Longbarrow Press, we’ve created a limited offer for August: order any of our handsome litho-printed hardbacks and you’ll also receive a free copy of Peter Riley’s acclaimed pamphlet The Ascent of Kinder Scout, with free UK postage and packing. The seven hardbacks are:
Contraflow by Fay Musselwhite, Envies the Birds by Angelina D’Roza, Skin by Chris Jones, The Navigators by Matthew CleggSteps by Mark Goodwin, West North East by Matthew Clegg and The Footing anthology. For more details (and to order), click here.

It should be here, block F, he’s sure…  Our current Featured Poem is Angelina D’Roza‘s ‘To the Corner Shop and Back’ (from her debut Longbarrow Press collection Envies the Birds). Click here to read the poem. Angelina D’Roza will be reading with Fay Musselwhite in the intimate setting of the Turret House, Sheffield Manor Lodge, on Saturday 17 September (2pm start). Advance booking essential (due to limited space); click here for more details.

Images: Karl Hurst (2), Emma Bolland (3).

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