Bempton Cliffs to Flamborough, pulling to sea,
climbing the wind, thermal by thermal…
A new short film for Matthew Clegg‘s ‘The Power-line’ (from his recent collection West North East) offers a mesmerising survey of some of the Flamborough Head locations that feature in the poem. Clegg reflects on the making of the film (and the poem’s themes of connection and conductivity) in ‘Rods, Lines and Digital Media’, a blog post for the Open College of the Arts.
The recent Occursus symposium on Microhabitats invited contributions on the themes of huts, sheds, dens, nests, children’s spaces, secret spaces and retreats (click here for the full programme). Among the presentations was ‘The Sandpit’, Brian Lewis‘s meditation on Heidegger, huts and homelessness, taking in Peter Reading’s Perduta Gente and a tour of the Isle of Sheppey. Click here to read this essay on the Longbarrow Blog.
Poems, Places & Soundscapes is an international exhibition of digitally produced sound-&-poetry focusing on place and soundscape, installed in Leicester’s Cube Gallery (part of The Phoenix arts complex) from Monday 7 April to Friday 25 April 2014. Poet Mark Goodwin and Brian Lewis (of Longbarrow Press) present a range of vivid, immersive sound-enhanced poetry made through various poet, musician and sound-designer collaborations, as well as by individual poet-sound-artists, and a selection of ‘place-entranced’ film-poems. Click here for more information about the exhibition.
Fay Musselwhite‘s Contra Flow walk through Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley earlier in March found her reading poems from The Footing alongside new and unpublished work that deepens her engagement with this territory. Musselwhite’s commentaries were supported by a wealth of observational detail from conservationist Graeme Hodgson and contributions from the audience. Click here to view a selection of Emma Bolland’s photos from the river walk. A new essay by Musselwhite, in which she discusses the natural and cultural forces that have shaped the river, and which, in turn, have helped to shape her poems, is our latest post on the Longbarrow Blog: click here to read the essay.