Publications

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The European Eel by Steve Ely
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2021. 80-page hardback (illustrated throughout with artwork by P.R. Ruby). Steve Ely’s The European Eel is a long poem that imagines the life cycle, ecological contexts and enigma of the charismatic and critically endangered fish of the poem’s title. Based on Ely’s in-depth engagement with the scientific literature, discussions with leading eel researchers and conservationists, and hands-on experience with the eel in river systems across the country and abroad, The European Eel is unique not only in its sustained birth-to-death focus on the eel, but in the vivid way the eel’s riverine and marine habitats are evoked and articulated—and in its portrayal of the daunting array of anthropogenic threats that are currently threatening this once common species with extinction. Click here to read an extract from the book. Click here to read ‘Body of Dark’, a reflective essay on the development of The European Eel.

Little Piece of Harm by Chris Jones
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2021. 40-page pamphlet. Little Piece of Harm is a narrative sequence that focuses on 24 hours in the life of a city that has been shut down in the aftermath of a shooting. As this act of violence ramifies outwards, the sequence explores the geographical reach of Sheffield – its urban settings and its rural landmarks – and eavesdrops on the city’s conversations. Click here to read the first of three essays reflecting on the development of Little Piece of Harm. You can read a poem from the sequence here.

Wealden
by Nancy Gaffield and The Drift
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2020. 28-page pamphlet and 28-minute audio CD. The marshes, shingle, and dense woodlands of southern Kent are the settings of Wealden, a new collaborative work by Nancy Gaffield and The Drift. The poems and music were composed in tandem, mapping this extraordinary landscape, from the marshland of the High Weald down to the coast at Dungeness. Wealden deals with the strata – geological, cultural and historical – that have been laid down over the course of one brief millennium, and considers the imminence of the sea reclaiming it all.

This is a Picture of Wind
by J.R. Carpenter
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2020. 128-page hardback collection. This is a Picture of Wind expands upon a series of short texts written in response to the winter storms which battered south west England in early 2014, resulting in catastrophic flooding in Somerset and the destruction of the seawall and rail line at Dawlish in Devon. Following the news in the months after these storms, writer and artist J.R. Carpenter was struck by the paradox presented by attempts to evoke through the materiality of language a force such as wind which we can only perceive indirectly through its affect. The poems that ensued are gathered in this book, accompanied by an introduction by Johanna Drucker, and a poetic afterword by Vahni Capildeo. This is a Picture of Wind was selected as one of The Guardian’s Best poetry books of 2020.

Correspondences
by Angelina D’Roza
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2019. 36-page hand-stitched pamphlet. 18 new poems – formally varied, thematically related – including ‘About the Human Voice’ and ‘Trees’.

Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls
by Peter Riley
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2019. 96-page hardback collection. The Upper Calder Valley, in the westernmost part of Yorkshire, is a landscape of high moors, small farms and wooded hillsides, rising steeply from the market towns situated along the valley. It is the setting for many of the poems in Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls, in which the conditions of movement (of buses, trains, water and wind) are set against the conditions of stillness (the ‘abandoned chapels’ and ‘demolished mills’ that persist at the edges of settlements). While there is disquiet in these ‘dark distances’, haunted by legacies and prospects of ‘human harm’, there is also trust, belief, connection, the ‘night music’ of the moorland, the ideas of truth and justice, ‘the stone paths strung over the hills’.

Meridian by Nancy Gaffield
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2019. 112-page hardback collection. Between 2015 and 2017, Nancy Gaffield 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. For more details, click here.

Rock as Gloss by Mark Goodwin
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2019. 184-page hardback collection. Rock as Gloss is Mark Goodwin‘s sixth full-length book of poems. 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), and also enact a dialogue with the culture and literature of climbing and fell-walking, speaking to (and through) Menlove Edwards, Ted Hughes, Coleridge and others. For more details, click here.

Cazique by Matthew Clegg
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2018. 96-page hardback collection. Cazique is a book in three movements. The title sequence offers the last confessions of a washed-up confidence trickster: a man inspired by the 19th century swindler Gregor MacGregor – the self-titled Cazique of Poyais. The poems of Cazique continue the author’s engagement with personae and place – and the ever-unstable relationship between the two. For more details, click here.

The Grail Roads by Rob Hindle
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2018. 144-page hardback collection. This is a book that I can’t recommend highly enough… ‘The Grail Roads’ is a beautiful piece of work, a masterpiece. – Charlie Connelly on The Grail Roads, The New European, October 2018. The Grail Roads reimagines the ‘quest’ of Galahad, Gawain, and other knights of Arthurian legend, displaced from their familiar mythology and recast as British soldiers on the Western Front. As the war turns attritional, the vision of the Grail darkens; one by one, the men are gathered into a dream of ‘a first and final home’ beyond the wrecked landscapes. For more details, click here.

CF1(EB)Contraflow by Fay Musselwhite
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2016. 112-page hardback collection. Rising from peat moorland north-west of Sheffield, the fast-flowing river Rivelin, and the valley it etched out, is the setting for many of Musselwhite’s poems. Contraflow harnesses these energies to carve its own rugged course, with its bottlenecks, bends and counter-currents: tales that slant, swell and spill. For more details, click here.

ETB16Envies the Birds by Angelina D’Roza
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2016. 80-page hardback collection. In Tibetan, shul is the impression left after whatever made it has gone. Envies the Birds is the tarmac blueprint where a tower block once stood, “the channel worn through rock where a river runs in flood, the indentation in the grass where an animal slept last night”. For more details, click here.


Skin (multiple)Skin
by Chris Jones
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2015. 96-page hardback collection. Skin reflects on the ties that bind us, taking in the complex layering of human relationships and the cells and tissues of the body itself. A book of bonds, reaching back, reaching out, Chris Jones’s second collection is a sensory exploration of the world we inhabit and try to make sense of.  For more details, click here.

Navigators (open)The Navigators by Matthew Clegg
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2015. 128-page hardback collection. The Navigators explores the portals that connect time and place, and meditates on the element of water, as it moves through both. The book opens with rain falling in the Lake District, flowing to the South Yorkshire waterways, before arriving at the North Sea. The Navigators is an affirmation of the reflection and regeneration that we find where waters meet and mingle. For more details, click here.

Steps (E Bolland)Steps by Mark Goodwin
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2014. 144-page hardback collection. Mark Goodwin’s poetry isn’t merely about landscape… it manifests landscape, in its openness to all the encounters that engagement with landscape makes possible. – Norman Jope. Perception sharp as feeling itself, invention endlessly resolving into apt idiosyncrasies of form, the continuing development of Mark Goodwin is maybe the most exciting happening in British poetry today. Jim Perrin. For more details, click here.

The Footing (E Bolland)The Footing
by Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite 
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2013. 96-page hardback anthology of walking-themed poems. It is the best anthology of new work that I’ve read in years; anyone with an interest in contemporary British poetry should read it. Billy Mills. What a book! Walking-writing as a collective act, as it should be. – Robert Macfarlane. For more details, click here.

WNE (E Bolland)West North East
by Matthew Clegg
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2013. 96-page hardback collection. Matthew Clegg’s first full-length collection is a book in three parts, each comprising a different approach to ideas of crisis, journey and imaginative crossing. Includes ‘The Walking Cure’ and the sequences ‘Edgelands’ and ‘Chinese Lanterns’. A great book. – Helen Mort. For more details, click here.

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1 Response to Publications

  1. Sally Apokis says:

    Along with a cracked egg shell and a soft feather, Longbarrow Press is a very special find, this day.

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