Seventeen years ago, slogging cross-country to Hythe, trouble with the MOD, the camps and ranges, then overnight on the coast, it was still winter, rain, wind and a black bin liner, more trouble in Lydd, and the last 10 miles with a split boot. That’s another story, an old story.
I still had the map that I used then, OS Landranger 189, reprinted with minor changes 2004. I took it out of the rucksack, it was the map of today’s walk, Ashford to Fairfield, a walk I had not taken before. It was not the journey of Wealden. It was a journey towards Wealden. An 85-tweet thread that unravelled on Twitter earlier this year, drafted en route to a performance of Wealden by Nancy Gaffield and The Drift in southern Kent, is now regathered (and lightly revised) as a post for the Longbarrow Blog (with accompanying photographs of the marshes and churches of Fairfield and Brookland). Click here to read ‘Direction of Travel’ by Brian Lewis.
Steve Ely‘s long poem The European Eel is one of five poetry titles to be shortlisted for the 2022 Laurel Prize (the prizes will be announced on 9 September). This follows the longlisting of J.R. Carpenter‘s This is a Picture of Wind for the 2021 Laurel Prize. Click here to read an extract from The European Eel (a beautifully produced hardback with 17 pages of illustrations by award-winning artist P.R. Ruby). Click here for further details and to order the book.
‘Cazique is protean and harlequin, sucking energy from every source he can get his hands on. He’s inspired by the 19th century Scottish confidence trickster, Gregor MacGregor, who gave himself the title ‘Cazique of Poyais’ – a ruse that fuelled MacGregor’s greatest and most cruel con – selling land to settlers, land in a settlement in the Mosquito territories of South America. This territory was pitched as a land of milk and honey, but settlers arrived to find it abandoned and unprotected. Disease and fever were rife. I see parallels with Brexit.’ In a new interview (conducted by Paul Brookes), Matthew Clegg discusses a range of subjects including confidence tricksters, populism, marketing, the Saint Lucian poet Derek Walcott, film noir, urban environments, and the methods employed in crafting his third and most recent collection, Cazique (Longbarrow Press, 2018). Click here to read it.
In autumn 2021, the poets attending the Transreading with Longbarrow Press course led by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese (for the Poetry School) responded to five digital pamphlets – Outports, Night Walks, Working Landscapes, Soft Borders and Invisible Lines – created by Longbarrow Press in 2020 (and made available here). The work that developed has, in turn, now been gathered in Multiple Exposures. This digital pamphlet includes contributions from Nathaniel Chew, Carol Dalton, Hilary Dyer, Sylee Gore, Lydia Harris, Edwin Kelly, Anna Kisby, Agata Maslowska, Dani Salvadori, and Margaret Watson. Click here to read and download the Multiple Exposures PDF. In addition to the work included in the PDF, Sylee Gore and Dani Salvadori have created short film-poems, which can be viewed on this page.
On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, the Small Publishers Fair returns to the Conway Hall, London, showcasing the work of over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world, with an exhibition and a varied programme of readings and talks. Longbarrow Press will be sharing a stall with Gordian Projects and Intergraphia over the two days of the fair; we’ll have a full range of titles and a number of special offers.