History: 2011

6 February
Rob Hindle’s long poem ‘Princess Street to the Wicker’ is brought to life in a walk through the former ‘ganglands’ of Sheffield. Hindle recounts the rumours and facts that make up the official (and unofficial) histories of the 1920s ‘razor gangs’, reading under bridges, in car parks and on street corners.

The Longbarrow Press website is created, coinciding with the inaugural Sheffield Poetry Festival (1-3 April). Three Longbarrow events feature in the festival: Death and the Gallant, a collaboration between Paul Evans (paintings) and Chris Jones (poems); Yannis Told Us, the debut performance of Tria Kalistos (Kelvin Corcoran, Maria Pavlidou, Howard Wright) who fill the Bank Street Arts gallery with their unique and memorable synthesis of traditional Greek music and lyric poetry; and Making it Up, a reading and talk by Kelvin Corcoran (cueing into a collaborative reading with Peter Riley).


Publication of Lee Harwood’s The Books. Pamphlet comprises one long poem (‘The Books’); CD features Harwood reading ‘The Books’, ‘Departures’ and ‘Ben’s Photo’ at home in Brighton. Issued in a bespoke envelope.

25 September
Launch of Matthew Clegg’s Lost Between Stations pamphlet and CD at The Red Deer, Sheffield. Clegg reads four long poems from the sequence, accompanied by short films by Brian Lewis and additional readings from Matt Black and Fay Musselwhite. The evening concludes with a conversation between Clegg and Musselwhite (a version of which can be found here).

Kelvin Corcoran launches a new pamphlet and CD, Words Through a Hole Where Once There Was a Chimpanzee’s Face, in Berlin and London.

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