Since 2008, Longbarrow Press has recorded poets in performance and on location, and has issued many of these recordings on CD. One of the aims of the recording programme is to capture a sense of place – the particular environment in which the poet is reading. The recordings so far have been made in kitchens, back gardens and cellars; on common land, waste ground and moorland; near roads, rivers and railways; and in all weathers. This approach has produced some memorable readings in which the environment (be it domestic, rural or urban) adds detail and pressure often lacking in ‘studio’ recordings.
Longbarrow Press has uploaded more than 120 of these recordings to the audio site SoundCloud, and will continue to add new recordings on a regular basis. You can hear these recordings via the following links:
We have also created a further SoundCloud site to showcase recordings of poems from The Footing, an anthology of specially commissioned poems on the theme of walking with contributions from Angelina Ayers, James Caruth, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle, Andrew Hirst, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite. The Footing‘s recording programme will continue throughout 2014 and further recordings will be uploaded on a regular basis. You can hear these recordings via the following link:
For details of currently available CDs, please refer to the Current Publications page. Short films by Longbarrow Press appear on our Vimeo site; click here to view the films (including film-poems and performance footage). See also the Links page for links to recordings, short films and radio appearances hosted by other sites.