‘I made half a million in six months / and spent it all in one.’ Our new Featured Poem is ‘Myself Am Hell’ by Matthew Clegg (from his new collection Cazique); click here to read it. Cazique, Nancy Gaffield‘s Meridian, and Mark Goodwin‘s Rock as Gloss are among the 11 Longbarrow hardbacks featured in our current Special Offers (others include Rob Hindle‘s The Grail Roads, and our walking-themed anthology The Footing). Choose any combination of 2 hardbacks for £22, or any 3 for £30. You’ll also receive a free copy of the colour-themed pamphlet The Rose of Temperaments (featuring poems by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon). Click here for further details (offer ends 7 May 2019).
On Wednesday 1 May, Longbarrow poets Angelina D’Roza, Rob Hindle and Peter Riley are joined by artist and writer Emma Bolland for a special event as part of the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Poetry and Poetics series, at the Humanities Research Institute, Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY (6pm doors for 6.30pm start. Admission free; all welcome). A few days later, Nancy Gaffield and Pete Green perform at Words and Music at the Skep, a one-day event combining contemporary poetry and indie music, taking place in the grounds of Frensham Manor in Kent (Saturday 4 May, 2pm-10pm). Visit the event website for more information and to book tickets. Nancy Gaffield is also one of several Longbarrow poets to appear at the inaugural Sheaf Poetry Festival (17-26 May), presenting a unique collaborative reading with Mark Goodwin (Saturday 18 May, 4pm start; click here for further details). Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite will close the festival with a poetry walk that spans Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs (Saturday 25 May, 1.30pm start; further details here).
Following the publication of his new Longbarrow Press collection Rock as Gloss, Mark Goodwin revisits and renews his engagement with the book’s landscapes (and soundscapes) with a series of recordings made ‘in the field’ (on location in the English Lake District and the Scottish Highlands). You can listen to (and download) the recordings here, or listen via the embedded Bandcamp player:
‘I want the shape of the poem to be determined by the rhythm of walking — the measure of the step to shore up the measure of the line, alternating long Whitmanesque lines with the shorter, stepped lines of William Carlos Williams, undulating like the contours on the Ordnance Survey maps.’ In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Nancy Gaffield discusses the walking and writing of her new collection Meridian, with an emphasis on the origins of the project: her decision to engage with ‘the ideas, concepts and methods of psychogeography’, the adoption of the long poem as a space of dialogue, inclusion, and recovery, and the structure and direction provided by the Meridian and its mapping. Click here to read ‘The First Cut’. You can also find Ian Brinton’s review of Meridian (for the Tears in the Fence blog) here, and read a further excerpt from the book here.
‘The aesthetics of DIY production and the building of a community across distant locations, then, [are] linked aspects of a single process.’ On Saturday 4 May, Nancy Gaffield joins Longbarrow poet Pete Green for Words and Music at the Skep, a one-day event combining contemporary poetry and indie music, taking place in the grounds of Frensham Manor in Kent. A reflective essay by Pete Green, celebrating the ethics and achievements of the UK’s independent music and poetry communities, offers a preview of the all-dayer: you can read it here. Visit the event website for more information and to book tickets.
A few weeks later, the city of Sheffield hosts the inaugural Sheaf Poetry Festival (formerly the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival), which runs from 17—25 May. Longbarrow poets Nancy Gaffield and Mark Goodwin present a unique collaborative reading on Saturday 18 May, and Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite will close the festival with a poetry walk on Saturday 25 May. Further information will appear on the festival website in late March.
Finally, this year’s States of Independence one-day independent press fair takes place at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Saturday 23 March, (10.30am—4.30pm, admission free) with more than 70 writers presenting readings and workshops throughout the day, including an appearance from Mark Goodwin (reading from his new Longbarrow collection Rock as Gloss at 12.15pm). You are also welcome to visit the Longbarrow Press stall (with a full range of books and pamphlets). Click here to view the full programme.