The Shattered Stars

_MG_1438On 19 September 2014, poet Chris Jones, artist/writer Emma Bolland and Longbarrow Press editor/publisher Brian Lewis visited three churches in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to record three podcasts based on Chris’s Reformation-era sequence Death and the Gallant (featured in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing). The first of these podcasts, accompanied by a short essay by Lewis and several photographs by Bolland, is now available on the Longbarrow Blog; click here to read and listen to their reflections on the Catholic art of Newark-on-Trent’s St. Mary Magdalene church. Two further podcasts and short essays (documenting the visits to Pickworth and Corby Glen) will appear on the Longbarrow Blog later in October.

_MG_1500Death and the Gallant is one of two sequences that Chris Jones will present as part of a special performance devised for this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Writing & Reading.  The Shattered Stars also features a new arrangement of ‘Jigs and Reels’, which harnesses the energy of sets of folk tunes to contemplate themes of family, ceremony and music itself.  The spoken word will be accompanied by live music from Emma Bolland, projected visuals by Paul Evans, and soundscapes by Brian Lewis.  The Shattered Stars takes place at The Shakespeare, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB on Sunday 19 October at 8pm (admission £3 on the door).  Also included in this year’s Off the Shelf is the Independent Publishers Book Fair at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts on Saturday 11 October (11am – 4pm), a varied programme of talks, discussions, readings and more in a day-long celebration of independent publishing.  Many UK publishers will be participating, including Longbarrow Press; a full selection of Longbarrow titles will be available to browse and buy from our stall, and you’re more than welcome to stop for a chat.  Admission to the book fair is free: for more information, please click here.

Mark Entranced by Llyn BachNovember sees the publication of Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited new collection, Steps. ‘Key Ping Ba(p)la(n)ce’, his recent piece for the Longbarrow Blog, anticipates the book’s theme of physical engagement with dynamic landscapes. Click here to read the essay. Further information about the book, a link to the Steps website and details of a launch event will be posted here soon. In the meantime, here’s a preview of three poems from the book, recorded and mixed by Goodwin earlier this year:

Thanks to Emma Bolland and Nikki Clayton for the use of their photographs in this post.

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