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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 on The Footing for Sabotage Reviews (click here to read the review in full)
What a book! Walking-writing as a collective act, as it should be. Robert Macfarlane
The Footing is an anthology of specially commissioned poems on the theme of walking, with substantial contributions from Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite. A beautifully produced 96-page hardback book, it is available from Longbarrow Press for just £12 (+ P&P). You can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant PayPal button above.
City, country and coast (and the spaces in between) are the settings for these journeys. Here, the act of walking is, by turns, exploratory, destructive, restorative, defiant, contemplative and devotional. The poems and sequences in The Footing are The Strait (Angelina Ayers), Tithes (James Caruth), From a St Juliot to Beyond a Beeny (Mark Goodwin), Flights and Traverses (Rob Hindle), Three Night Walks (Andrew Hirst), Death and the Gallant (Chris Jones) and Breach (Fay Musselwhite).
Visit The Footing microsite to listen to recordings of the poems and to read commentaries by the poets on their contributions to the book. Watch the film trailer:
‘A beautiful new anthology; poems of walking and landscape and the synergy between the two.’ Ian McMillan
‘The best new poetry anthology I read this year is The Footing from Longbarrow Press.’ Billy Mills, Guardian contributor
‘Definitely recommended… Finished reading my copy the other day and thought it contained some real gems. Great anthology.’ Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
Listen to a sound-walk through The Footing (narrated by Emma Bolland):