As part of the Occursus summer programme, Matthew Clegg will lead a guided walk and poetry workshop designed to explore the roles of movement and trance in the composition of poetry. Moving with thought will take place in Sheffield on Saturday 23 June (12pm–4pm); admission is free, but places are strictly limited and booking is essential. Please note that this event is now fully booked. Matthew Clegg will also be giving a reading in Sheffield on 23 June (a one-off presentation of poems that engage with the experience of walking, including selections from Nobody Sonnets, Edgelands and his forthcoming collection The Power-line). Venue, start time and other details will be added to our Events page shortly.
Luke Bennett takes up the theme of walking in his fascinating blog, with a recent post in which he reflects on the mapping of the Sheffield ‘Blitzscape’ undertaken by Rob Hindle in his sequence ‘Dore Moor to the Marples Hotel’ (from the forthcoming Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing); a series of poems based on a walk (from Sheffield’s southwestern outskirts to its centre) which Hindle re-walked (with audience) on 12 December 2010 (the 70th anniversary of the Sheffield blitz). You can read Bennett’s commentary here. A fragment of location footage from the December 2010 walk (which prompted Bennett’s reflections) can be viewed here; the poem read by Hindle in the film (‘Ecclesall Woods’) appears in full here.
We’ve also created a new Longbarrow Podcasts page on SoundCloud (to showcase our longer sequences of location recordings); click here to listen to the ‘sound corridors’ made by Matthew Clegg, Andrew Hirst and Chris Jones during walks in and around Sheffield’s back streets and waterways in 2008 and 2009.