Longbarrow Press is a Sheffield-based independent poetry publisher with a reputation for work that explores the intersections of landscape, history and memory. We publish pamphlets and collections by J.R. Carpenter, James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Kelvin Corcoran, Angelina D’Roza, Steve Ely, Nancy Gaffield, Mark Goodwin, Pete Green, Lee Harwood, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones, Fay Musselwhite, Alistair Noon and Peter Riley. Titles range across various formats, including hardbacks, pamphlets, boxes and CDs; many are designed and produced by hand, some in limited editions.
Since the launch of our first publications in 2006, we’ve developed an eclectic programme of events, including poetry walks, exhibitions and collaborations with musicians and filmmakers, alongside a growing online archive of field recordings based on our visits to canals, chapels and sea caves in Yorkshire and beyond. Some of these excursions and collaborations are documented on the Longbarrow Blog, featuring regular posts from editor and publisher Brian Lewis, and many of the poets.
Our parallel journey in print has also unfolded with an emphasis on innovation, with titles ranging from maps, acetates and matchboxes to our current series of acclaimed hardback books. An ethos of craft and care informs this preoccupation with ‘the book as object’, and helps to ensure that the format of publication is always a sympathetic response to the poem (rather than an object imposed on the poem).
Photographic credit: selected Longbarrow titles, arranged and photographed by Emma Bolland in 2014.