Longbarrow Press has devised three special events for the second Sheffield Poetry Festival (31 May – 9 June), each linked by ideas of memory and departure. The Flight (1.30pm Sat 1 June) is a programme of short films revisiting public and private histories. Rob Hindle‘s Flights and Traverses (11am Sun 2 June – advance booking only) is a city walk criss-crossing the territory bounded by Lady’s Bridge, Kelham Island and the Wicker, with Rob reading and discussing poems inspired by notable one-way journeys (ranging from the last transport of Samuel Holberry the Chartist to the bombing runs of the German Luftwaffe). Finally, Alistair Noon‘s Sonnets and Statues (3.30pm Sun 2 June) takes you on a journey through Europe past and present, drawing on his remarkable translation of Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman and the border-crossing sonnets of Earth Records. The Festival also features readings and workshops by Longbarrow poets Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite; click here for more details.
Matthew Clegg‘s commentary for the Sheffield Poetry Festival blog (available here) previews his forthcoming collection West North East (due from Longbarrow Press in early July). The three sections of the book ‘comprise a sonata that explores ideas of crisis, journey and imaginative crossing’, themes which are taken up by Brian Lewis in The Meridian, an essay-length meditation on fugue states, the Burkean sublime, and walks in the east of England (originally presented at the recent Occursus symposium on Post-Traumatic Landscapes). Click here to read the essay. Alistair Noon moves further east – to Russia and China – in ‘Memoirs of Memoirs’, a fascinating account of journeys retraced and poems reworked that also pays tribute to the pioneering Leningrad sinologist Vasiliy Alekseyev. Click here to read ‘Memoirs of Memoirs’ on the Longbarrow Blog.
On 25 May, artist Paul Evans and poet Chris Jones marked the opening of their new exhibition The Spirit is a Bone (at Derby Museum and Art Gallery until May 2014) with a wide-ranging discussion of their collaborative practice (also taking in Anglo-Saxon riddle poems and the remarkable bones on display at the museum). Here’s an edited version of the discussion:
The image at the top of this post is drawn from Karl Hurst‘s photo-series Gathering In The Wilderness. Hurst’s photographic work has recently moved to a new site; click here to read ‘transition and photography’, a short article in which he reflects on cultural ownership and production (and the example of Eadweard Muybridge). Finally, researcher Elaine Aldred has published ‘The Creative Landscapes of Longbarrow Press’, an extended interview with Brian Lewis that traces the origins and development of Longbarrow Press from the early 2000s to the present day. Click here to read the interview.