Karl Hurst‘s new photoseries, ‘Doggerland Chronicles’, surveys the pale bands and frayed timbers of the east coast of northern England, a seaward tilt invoking the Mesolithic landmass, sunk beneath the North Sea. Click here to view the images. ‘Cave Time and Sea Changes’, a short film comprising a different series of images by Hurst and a poem-sequence by Matthew Clegg, offers a contrasting vision of the east coast; click here to view the film and read Clegg’s accompany reflections.
‘Artists need to balance integration and differentiation in their creative lives, and there is value in learning how to integrate with cultural institutions. Become too integrated, and you risk being institutionalised, addicted to validation; but become too differentiated, and you risk being nowhere.’ In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Matthew Clegg explores the relationship between his teaching practice and his creative work, and the tension between orthodox methods and objectives and the independent, resourceful spirit of the self-taught practitioner. Click here to read ‘Writing and the Autodidact’.
‘At thirteen my skinny body peeled apart…’ Our new Featured Poem is ‘Skin’ by Chris Jones, taken from his recent collection of the same name; click here to read the poem (and to view a short film featuring images by Karl Hurst). Skin is among the seven Longbarrow hardbacks featured in our current Special Offers (others include Angelina D’Roza and Fay Musselwhite‘s debut collections, published earlier this year, and The Navigators by Matthew Clegg). Choose any combination of 3 hardbacks for £32, or any 2 for £22. These beautifully produced books offer an ideal introduction to Longbarrow Press, and make great gifts. Click here for further details. Our Twitter feed also has a number of limited offers throughout December; follow us here for more information.
Longbarrow Press is delighted to be taking part in the Independent Publishers Book Fair at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, on Saturday 26 November (11am – 5pm, admission free). This special one-day event brings some of our most innovative artists and independent presses together under one roof, including And Other Stories, Bradical, Comma Press, enjoy your homes, Gordian Projects, Joanne Lee, Longbarrow Press, Jean McEwan, Peepal Tree Press, The Poetry Business, Tilted Axis Press and West House Books. The fair will include handmade artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, zines, and much more. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and buy some beautiful editions, and to meet the publishers and artists involved. The fair will be followed by Image and Text as Exploration, an event curated and presented by Emma Bolland (Gordian Projects) with talks, performances and projections from Helen Clarke, Chris Jones, Joanne Lee, Tom Rodgers and Longbarrow Press editor and publisher Brian Lewis (6.30pm for 7pm start; admission is ‘pay as you feel’). Click here for more details on the book fair website.
Our current hardback titles, including Angelina D’Roza and Fay Musselwhite‘s debut collections, Matthew Clegg and Chris Jones‘s acclaimed second collections The Navigators and Skin, our walking-themed anthology The Footing, and Mark Goodwin‘s Steps (a category finalist for the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition) are available as part of our ‘Special Offers’ promotion until the end of November. Choose any combination of 3 hardbacks for £32 (saving £6.97), or any 2 hardbacks for £22 (saving £3.98). These beautifully produced books offer an ideal introduction to Longbarrow Press, and make great gifts for others. Click here for further details.
‘Lightning-hearted I take to the roam, the wound and all healing ahead…’ Our current Featured Poem is ‘The Peripatetic in Love’ by Angelina D’Roza (from her debut collection Envies the Birds); click here to read the poem. Listen to a new recording of D’Roza reading ‘The Peripatetic in Love’ below: