The year begins with a joint reading by Matthew Clegg and Chris Jones at the New Beehive Inn, Bradford, for which they draw on their recent Longbarrow Press collections The Navigators and Skin, and two new posts by Brian Lewis for the Longbarrow Blog. ‘The House of Numbers’ revisits the poet Ken Smith’s 1985 pamphlet of the same name, and the ‘bad dreams of decline and redevelopment’ haunting its elegies for the East End of London. Click here to read the essay. The second post traces the social histories and institutional ghosts of Rob Hindle’s sonnet sequence ‘Hillsborough to Middlewood, February 1931’ (featured in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing) at the northwestern edge of Sheffield. Click here to read ‘Dead Ends’.
Brian Lewis reflects on ten years of Longbarrow Press in a candid exchange with Charlie Sellings of Opus Independents; click here to read the interview.