Alongside our series of print publications, we’ve created a number of digital supplements, all of which are free to download from this page (as PDFs). These range from introductory poem-samplers to themed selections of essays.
Aiming for a ‘stocktake’ of sorts, and a shareable resource, Outports is a mini-anthology featuring work by most of the poets who have published with us since 2006. This selection of fourteen poems (and one essay) draws on the fourteen years of Longbarrow Press, from our earliest pamphlets to J.R. Carpenter’s forthcoming collection This is a Picture of Wind. Click here to download the anthology.
Night Walks tightens the focus, retracing a poetry walk along the River Don (on one of the coldest, and darkest, nights of the year) as it passes through north Sheffield, drawing on poems by Angelina D’Roza, Pete Green, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite, photos by Emma Bolland, and an essay by Brian Lewis.
You can read and download the PDF here.
Working Landscapes is the first in a series of themed digital supplements, each of which will focus on an aspect of place. This selection of poems, photographs, and essays by Emma Bolland, Matthew Clegg, Karl Hurst, Brian Lewis, Fay Musselwhite and Mary Musselwhite explores the relationship between labour and land, reflecting on the changes of use (and appearance) of the English landscape since the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. It examines the contested spaces of the modern city, and revisits the fields and commons lost to enclosure. It considers the forces at work in the aestheticisation of certain post-industrial sites, and the erasure of others. It also looks at how the role of labour – and the withdrawal of labour – is frequently written out of the narratives of place. Click here to read and download the PDF.
The second themed supplement, Soft Borders, explores the relationship between perception and place, and the rethinking of place that occurs when we vary the focus and scale of our attention to a particular locale, or attempt to read one environment through another.
In their contributions, Matthew Clegg, Angelina D’Roza and Pete Green foreground the shifts in perception that transform our understanding of place (and, perhaps, ourselves), while Alistair Noon considers the movement of poetry across geographical and linguistic borders towards an ‘imaginative translocality’. Click here to read and download the PDF.
Invisible Lines is the third – and last – in our series of place-themed digital supplements. In this selection of poems and essays, Nancy Gaffield, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle and Chris Jones consider the relationship between movement and mapping, and the extent to which our itineraries (whether grounded or imaginative) are informed by cartographical detail and subjective experience. The lines made by walking point forward (as in the northward trajectory of Gaffield’s Meridian), sideways (the slow-stepping rail-balancing practised by Goodwin), and back (the histories uncovered by Hindle and Jones); and, sometimes, in all directions at once. Click here to read and download the PDF.