‘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.


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writing along an invisible
line whose end is infinite

Longbarrow Press is proud to announce the publication of MeridianNancy Gaffield‘s third full-length collection.

Between 2015 and 2017, the author of Tokaido Road walked the 270-mile Greenwich Meridian Trail from Peacehaven to Sand le Mere, in order to investigate the way that landscapes are disturbed and reordered by history and memory. In Meridian, the line of longitude is the ‘zero point’ through which these forces speak: the intersecting planes of poetry and song, politics and the polis, land and sea, presence and absence, shadow and light.

‘Nancy Gaffield’s bravely resourceful long poem takes us ‘true North’ with her along the variegated trails marking England’s portion of the Meridian. Readers will prize this important, inspiring book: the Line, lines, a life brilliantly fused.’ — Lou Rowan

A beautifully produced 112-page hardback, Meridian is available now from Longbarrow Press. You can read an extract from the book here; visit the Meridian microsite here; and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required).

£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.

You are welcome to join us for the Canterbury launch of Meridian on Tuesday 12 February, at which Nancy Gaffield will read from and discuss the book. Senior Common Room, Keynes College, University Road, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NP (6pm start). All welcome.

You can also find Meridian (and a full range of Longbarrow Press titles, including Mark Goodwin‘s new collection Rock as Gloss) at the 22nd International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, which takes place at The Tetley (Hunslet Road, Leeds) on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March (11am – 5pm, admission free). We’ll be sharing a stall with Gordian Projects, alongside more than 50 artists and publishers exhibiting over the weekend. Click here for further details.



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