Terra Incognita

I press the line
a creation of geography & mathematics
marked out for merchants
& military ships

Our new Featured Poem is ‘Louth to Fulstow’ by Nancy Gaffield (from her new collection Meridian); click here to read it. Meridian, Peter Riley‘s Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls, and Mark Goodwin‘s Rock as Gloss are among the 12 Longbarrow hardbacks featured in our current 3-for-2 special offer (others include Rob Hindle‘s The Grail Roads, and our walking-themed anthology The Footing). 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.

‘Clare demonstrates how the sublime might be reconfigured in terms of both scale and location – from the grandiose to the humble, and from the notable to the obscure.’ In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Pete Green goes in search of ‘the provincial sublime’, by way of John Clare, an airport fence, and some recent poems by Natalie Burdett and Matthew Clegg. Click here to read ‘The provincial sublime: transcendence and the post-industrial’.

On Tuesday 30 July, Longbarrow poet Rob Hindle reads from his recent collection The Grail Roads at Read. Bookshop, 41 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3JH (7.45pm doors for 8pm start). Admission and refreshments are free; all are welcome to attend.

Finally, poet and sound artist Mark Goodwin has created a ‘sound-enhanced’ version of Alistair Noon‘s 64-poem cycle QUAD, with commercial jets (recorded in Glossop) and other ‘enhancements’ (made in Leicestershire) in dialogue with Noon’s voice (recorded in Berlin). You can listen to (and download) the recordings here, or listen via the embedded Bandcamp player:


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Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls

In sleep, in dream song, 
the daylight ghosts are laid 
and trouble us no more. 
In silence nightlong 
a life’s debts are paid 
at the open door.

Longbarrow Press is proud to announce the publication of Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls, Peter Riley‘s new full-length collection.

The Upper Calder Valley, in the westernmost part of Yorkshire, is a landscape of high moors, small farms and wooded hillsides, rising steeply from the market towns situated along the valley. It is the setting for many of the poems in Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls, in which the conditions of movement (of buses, trains, water and wind) are set against the conditions of stillness (the ‘abandoned chapels’ and ‘demolished mills’ that persist at the edges of settlements). While there is disquiet in these ‘dark distances’, haunted by legacies and prospects of ‘human harm’, there is also trust, belief, connection, the ‘night music’ of the moorland, the ideas of truth and justice, ‘the stone paths strung over the hills’.

A beautifully produced 96-page hardback, Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls is available now from Longbarrow Press. You can read an extract from the book here, and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required).

Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls  £12.99 (hardback)

UK orders (+ £1.70 postage)

Europe orders (+ £5 postage)

Rest of World orders (+ £7 postage)

All orders are carefully parcelled in robust packaging and will be despatched within 24 hours.

The inaugural Sheaf Poetry Festival takes place in Sheffield between 17-26 May, and features several Longbarrow poets, including Nancy Gaffield and Mark Goodwin, who have devised a collaborative reading based on their collections Meridian and Rock as Gloss (Saturday 18 May, 4pm start; click here for further details). A week later, Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite close the festival with a poetry walk that spans the ‘defensive landscapes’ of Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs (Saturday 25 May, 1.30pm start; further details here).

‘… what is it that a rock-climber works with? What is a rock-climber’s material? Am I being foolish, to assume that a rock-climber makes something, that a climber is a maker?’  In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Mark Goodwin considers the materiality of writing, and its relationship to other forms and practices (including the film-maker’s ‘material of memory’). Click here to read ‘Touching the Gleam’.


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