Longbarrow Press at Sheffield Poetry Festival

A selection of Longbarrow Press titles will be available at the Sheffield Poetry Festival’s Festival Bookshop over the weekend of 2-3 April. The Festival Bookshop will be open at Bank Street Arts from 12.30-19.00 on Saturday and at the Showroom from 11.00-18.00 on Sunday.

Longbarrow Press at Sheffield Poetry Festival

The first Sheffield Poetry Festival www.sheffieldpoetryfestival.org.uk will take place during the weekend of Friday 1 – Sunday 3 April 2011, with fringe events being held between 26 March and 6 April. Longbarrow Press has organised three events as part of the festival:


Reading, talk and exhibition by Chris Jones and Paul Evans

Saturday 2 April 1.30pm – 2.15pm, Bank Street Arts

Drove road to Saint Botolph’s; psalms of wind
sound the tree-tops. None to meet us
when we wade the flooded meadows of the parish…

Two men move from church to church in a remote valley looking for the remnants of Catholic wall art to destroy. Chris Jones’s poem Death and the Gallant, which has been given a contemporary visual interpretation by the artist Paul Evans, explores iconoclasm in seventeenth century English culture. The poem and paintings focus on the relationship between Brown and the narrator as they travel towards a final reckoning. This presentation will offer a full reading of the poem by Chris and a discussion of how reflections on the English Reformation have affected the collaboration between poet and artist.

An exhibition of Death and the Gallant will run at Bank Street Arts from Thursday 30th March through to Friday 8th April.




Kelvin Corcoran will be appearing at two special events during the festival:


Tria Kalistos: Kelvin Corcoran, Maria Pavlidou, Howard Wright

Saturday 2 April 7.00pm – 7.45pm, Bank Street Arts

Yannis Told Us takes three long poems from Kelvin Corcoran’s Backward Turning Sea and sets them to traditional Greek music performed by accomplished multi-instrumentalists Maria Pavlidou and Howard Wright. Corcoran’s lyrical poems about Greece and the retelling of myth are the ideal material for setting to music; the traditional musicianship of Pavlidou and Wright the perfect medium to let us hear the poetry in performance.


Kelvin Corcoran joined by Peter Riley

Sunday 3 April 1pm – 2pm, Bank Street Arts

The reading and talk will be on two possibly contrary elements of what we can know of the origins of poetry: cultural precedence and chance experience. The question lurking here might be: how poetry comes to be made up out of known and previously unknown experience. Alternatively, we might ask: is this sort of enquiry a species of apophenia? Perhaps it’s an example of how poetry comes to be made up out of common interests, imagined dialogues – a form of talking to other poets, living and dead. For this reading and discussion, Kelvin Corcoran will be joined by the poet Peter Riley.


Admission to each of these events is £4 (£3 concessions).

All three events will take place at Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS


Festival website: www.sheffieldpoetryfestival.org.uk

Festival Box Office: www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/festivals/sheffieldpoetryfestival

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