The Wheel

flood-triptych-ssiii…walls of mottled russet, culvert, cobble
slathered wheel-gape, spindle, stray grindstone
laze, decay, forgiven by lichen and moss.

Longbarrow Press is proud to present the third in a series of walks through Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley. Contraflow is led by poet Fay Musselwhite (as were the similarly-titled walks of spring 2014 and summer 2015) with photographer and poet Karl Hurst. Making a three-mile loop of the tree-lined river (starting and ending at the Rivelin Park Cafe), the two poets reimagine the story of these working, wheel-geared waters, their cycles of industry and recovery; against and with the flow. Meet at Rivelin Park Cafe, Rivelin Park Rd, Sheffield S6 5GE, on Saturday 15 October (2pm prompt start). The walk is free; however, places are limited, and advance booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email This event is part of Off the Shelf 2016. Click here for details of Fay Musselwhite’s debut collection Contraflow. You can view Karl Hurst’s related photographic images here.

goetheschillerblue‘The act of reading becomes a (passing, unrepeatable) act of collaboration, the poem’s colour balance shifting in our minds with each encounter. When we contemplate a contemporary colour wheel, we see that there are no hard boundaries on the spectrum: one colour shades into another, with innumerable gradations between red and orange. […]  Our course (or temperament) may be set, but our position is always relative. The uncertainty of colour is, in many ways, the uncertainty of language.’  Brian Lewis marks the conclusion of the collaborative Rose of Temperaments project (co-curated with artist Paul Evans) with the first of two essays reflecting on colour perception, the development of Goethe and Schiller’s original ‘Rose of Temperaments’ (a colour wheel), and the six sonnets by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine MonkHelen Mort and Alistair Noon that comprise the project (the poems can be accessed here). Click here to read ‘White Point’ on the Longbarrow Blog.

Skin (multiple)Finally, our limited offer for October: order Chris Jones‘s second collection, Skin (a handsome litho-printed hardback), and you’ll also receive a free copy of Peter Riley’s acclaimed pamphlet The Ascent of Kinder Scout. Click here for more details and to order.


1: Karl Hurst
3: Emma Bolland


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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.

flood-triptych-study-set-iii-karl-hurstA 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.

Nikki Clayton (1)
Karl Hurst (2)

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