Sea, Sky, Shingle

‘Our experiences of the empty spaces of the marshes, the dense woodland and the deserted beaches were in our minds as we played. We thought of the deep loamy bass as the subsoil, the loops of abstract sound as the rugged flora, and the occasional higher-pitched elements — like the fiddle or the harmonium — as fleeting glimpses of wildlife, weather events, or other people.’  Following the release of their collaborative project WealdenNancy Gaffield and The Drift discuss the development of the work in a wide-ranging interview, from its improvisatory origins (and field-based research in the marshes, shingle, and dense woodlands of southern Kent) to the ‘collective exploration’ by poet and musicians captured in the studio recordings. Click here to read ‘Walking, observing, listening’ on the Longbarrow Blog.  ‘The words inform the sound and the sound influences the words. And through it all, the magical strangeness of landscape and history.’  Alistair Fitchett’s review of Wealden foregrounds the experience of the listener, to which he brings ‘effort, time and a devotion that is richly rewarded’; click here to read his account on the Caught by the River site.

‘It’s a digitally tinged pillow book full of staccato language inspired by John Ruskin’s “sky-bottling days”, Francis Beaufort’s wind scale and Luke Howard’s observations of clouds…’  J.R. Carpenter‘s pocket-sized hardback This is a Picture of Wind is among the titles included in The Guardian’s Best poetry books of 2020; you can read Rishi Dastidar’s appraisal here. This is a Picture of Wind also features in Derek Beaulieu’s list of ‘most engaging books of 2020‘, and is one of Kirsty Dunlop’s picks for SPAM Press’s ‘Deep Cuts 2020‘, in which she hails Carpenter’s book as ‘a necessary breath in the stagnant air of this year, demonstrating skilfully and beautifully how language can materially function to reflect physical feeling through different frames’. This is a Picture of Wind is still available from Longbarrow Press; click here to order the book.

Longbarrow Press continues to fulfil orders throughout the winter months; the last day to order books for Christmas delivery (to UK addresses) is Thursday 17 December (if you’re in Sheffield, it’s Tuesday 22 December, as we’ll be delivering these orders on foot, safely and responsibly). We can gift-wrap your orders and/or send them to a different UK address at no extra cost; simply email Brian Lewis at with the details. Click here for a full list of our current hardbacks and to order titles. We now offer Longbarrow Gift Certificates as well (ideal for those last-minute presents); click here for details.

‘Snow delineates before it covers, so that nothing is absent, nothing ever settles…’ Our current Featured Poem is ‘Snow Has Come’ by Angelina D’Roza (from her recent pamphlet Correspondences). You can read it here. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported Longbarrow Press in this challenging year, and our very best wishes to you all for 2021.


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