Invisible Lines

Longbarrow Press marks the new year with two new publications. The first of these is Rock as Gloss, Mark Goodwin’s sixth full-length collection, and his second with Longbarrow Press (following 2014’s Steps). Divided into four ‘compasses’, its 184 pages offer a variety of approaches to ‘the rock in hand’ (whether gritstone or slate) or the fell under foot (whether on or off the map). Available from 31 January, it is launched in Sheffield on Thursday 7 February with a special performance at The Shakespeare (admission free, all welcome). Visit the Rock as Gloss microsite for further information about the book and the launch event.

Our second publication of 2019 is Meridian by Nancy Gaffield. Between 2015 and 2017, the author of Tokaido Road walked the 270-mile Greenwich Meridian Trail from Peacehaven to Sand le Mere, in order to investigate the way that landscapes are disturbed and reordered by history and memory. In Meridian, the line of longitude is the ‘zero point’ through which these forces speak: the intersecting planes of poetry and song, politics and the polis, land and sea, presence and absence, shadow and light. It is published on 8 February, and launched in Canterbury on Tuesday 12 February (all welcome). Visit the Meridian microsite for further information about the book.

You can also find Rock as Gloss and Meridian (and a full range of Longbarrow Press titles) at the Manchester Independent Book Fair on Saturday 2 February (12pm – 6pm, admission free). Organised by Dostoyevsky Wannabe, this one-day book fair at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Central Manchester brings some of the North’s most innovative artists and presses together under one roof. The fair will include artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, and much more. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and buy some beautiful editions, and to meet the publishers and artists involved. Click here for more details.

A brilliant and original volume of narrative poetry…  evocative and accessible, subtle and nuanced, varying in style and format to create a startlingly good piece of work that, for this writer, provides the last word on the First World War and the commemoration of the Armistice. The Grail Roads is, by some distance, my book of 2018.  Charlie Connelly’s ‘year in review’ (in The New European #126) renews his acclaim for The Grail Roads by Rob Hindle. Click here to order the book with free UK P&P until the end of January. Cazique, the third collection by Matthew Clegg, is also available with free UK P&P until the end of the month; click here for further details and to order the book.

1. Hen Cloud (Paul Evans)
3. The Grail Roads (Emma Bolland)

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