Frogmore 96 has landed!

The 96th edition of the literary magazine The Frogmore Papers – our very own Covid-19 lockdown issue – has been published.

Cover of The Frogmore Papers 96. Artwork by Leona Akehurst

With a distinctive monochrome cover by Leona Akehurst, the issue contains poetry from Mike Barlow, Peter Carpenter, Ian Caws, Clare Crossman, Robert Etty, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Wendy Klein, Christopher Southgate, Anne Stewart, Michael Swan, J S Watts and many more, alongside prose from Robert Charles, Anthony Johae and Kevin Tosca, and artwork by Marysya Rudska.

All ten poems shortlisted by Maria Jastrzębska for this year’s Frogmore Prize can also be found in 96, including Ron Scowcroft’s winning poem ‘Greylags in Fog’ and the runners-up by Simon Maddrell and Chloe Balcomb. Two previous winners of the Prize, Sarah Barr (2015) and Howard Wright (2004 and 2009) also have poems in this issue.

WHERE DO I GO WHEN I’M NOT HERE by Marysya Rudska FP96

Where and how to buy? The Frogmore Papers can be ordered for £5.00 (post free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ (cheques payable to ‘The Frogmore Press’; or email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details of payment by BACS or PayPal). It can also be purchased from Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes, by readers locally resident.

Please support independent publishers and bookshops. Thank you.

Frogmore’s sad farewell to Viva Lewes magazine

This lovely set of photos was taken just pre-lockdown by local photographer and student Ruby Craig, who’d come into the Viva office on a work placement. She was fabulous, and photographed a number of features for the April issue of the long-running local listings and features magazine – an issue which, sadly, was never to see the light of day. History, and Covid, took over – and now Viva Lewes and Viva Brighton have both, permanently, had to close their doors. 

So Frogmore has kindly offered to host these photos. The subject is Needlewriters poets (though this is not the whole collective) and we four are all also Frogmore poets and  reviewers. (I – Charlotte Gann – also happened to be the outgoing editor of Viva Lewes!). Needlewriters – a cooperative of local writers – continues to host quarterly reading events in Lewes, or at least we hope to again, from January 2021.

For the planned feature we also asked each poet: ‘What is a word you love, and why?’ Here were their – our – responses.

Robin Houghton: “Box’: short, punchy, practical and a bit funny.’

Robin Houghton, photographed by Ruby Craig, 2020

Janet Sutherland: ‘My word is ‘penultimate’, because there’s something magical in being able to pin down the last-but-one.’

Janet Sutherland, photographed by Ruby Craig, 2020

Jeremy Page: “Crepuscular’, because it so perfectly evokes my favourite times of day.’

Jeremy Page, photographed by Ruby Craig, 2020

Charlotte Gann: “Elbow’. It looks great (in many typefaces), sounds good – and combines five of my favourite letters.’

Charlotte Gann, photographed by Ruby Craig, 2020

Ruby Craig can be found on Instagram @rubystyling

CG

 

morphrog 21 goes live

The celebratory 21st edition of morphrog, offering more ‘poetry in the extreme’, is now live at http://www.morphrog.com.

Photography: Martin Kay

It’s another truly  international edition, with contributions from Australia, Canada, Switzerland and several corners of the UK, and featuring poetry by a Californian in Essex, an Italian in Leicestershire and a Scot in London.

morphrog 21 also includes a tribute in verse from Saskatoon poet Gerald Seniuk to long-time friend of Frogmore Henry Woolf on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Henry has been a supporter of, and occasional contributor to The Frogmore Papers since the early days in Folkestone. He was the first person to direct a play by his friend Harold Pinter (The Room at Bristol in 1957), subsequently acting in many of Pinter’s greatest works. Henry has lived in Canada since the 1980s and was Artistic Director of the annual Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival in Saskatoon from 1991-2001. On the occasion of his 90th birthday in January the University of Saskatchewan renamed one of its theatres after Henry in his honour. His memoir Barcelona is in Trouble was published by Greville Press, and number 96 of The Frogmore Papers will feature a new poem in September.

Ron Scowcroft wins 34th Frogmore Poetry Prize

This year’s Prize has been awarded by adjudicator Maria Jastrzębska to Ron Scowcroft for his poem ‘Greylags in Fog’.

Ron Scowcroft, winner of the 2020 Frogmore Poetry Prize

Originally from Greater Manchester, Ron has lived in the Lancaster area since 1985. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and on literary websites. They have also featured in exhibitions by artists Jayne Simpson and John Morrison and been adapted for video by Morph Films. His pamphlet Moon Garden was published by Wayleave Press in 2014. Ron is a founder member of Lancaster based April Poets.

 

Of his winning poem Maria Jastrzębska commented: ‘‘Greylags in Fog’, was a poem I returned to for its tenderness. I read it as a love poem. Between people and also between people and nature, the animal world. Everyone can identify with that sense of being lost in a fog – the utter relief of being found. I loved the backward and forwards of the poem’s ‘call and response’. It’s a poem written with the utmost simplicity and spareness capturing something as intangible as a moment. It doesn’t preach or try to convince but tells its story with great lightness of touch.’

Ron wins the sum of 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

This year’s runners-up were Simon Maddrell with ‘The snow leopard bites its own tail’ and Chloe Balcomb with ‘Blether’. Other poets shortlisted were Sarah Barr, Lia Brooks, Wendy Klein, Rebekah Miron and Rosamund Taylor.

All shortlisted poems will be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available for £5.00 (post free) from:
The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

Poetry South East 2020 anthology now published

The third Frogmore Press Poetry South East anthology, showcasing the work of poets from Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex, has been published and is now available from the Frogmore Press (£7.50 post free).

Poetry South East 2020
Cover art: Neil Gower

The original series was published by South East Arts between 1976 and 1983, with Howard Sergeant editing the first and Anthony Thwaite the last. The Frogmore Press revived the series with Poetry South East 2000 and published Poetry South East 2010 ten years later.

The latest incarnation boasts another striking cover by Neil Gower, who designed the covers for both its predecessors, and includes poems by three poets whose work appeared in Poetry South East 1 back in 1976: John Arnold, Ian Caws and John Rice. In total fifty-two poets, among them John Agard, Brendan Cleary, Sasha Dugdale, Maria Jastrzębska, Patricia McCarthy, John McCullough, Grace Nichols, Catherine Smith, Susan Wicks and Jackie Wills have contributed to this unique survey of poetry from the region.

If you would like to purchase a copy (£7.50, post free) please write to us or email frogmorepress@gmail.com 

Frogmore news: Frogmore Papers 95, morphrog 20, and deadline for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020

The Frogmore Papers’ 95th number has now been published (ahead of the arrival of spring!) and contains exciting new work from writers of poetry and prose and contemporary artists. The issue features poetry by Sharon Black, D A Prince, Myra Schneider and many more, including translations of work by Italian poets Sara Comuzzo and Paolo Febbraro. There are new translations of the Lesbia poems of Catullus by Isobel Williams, artwork by Leona Akehurst, and flash fiction by Craig Dobson, Matt Gillick, Michael Loveday and Catherine Smith. The issue boasts a striking cover design by Paris-based artist Eva Bodinet and contributions from Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Scotland and the USA, making this one of our most international issues ever. The Frogmore Papers number 95 celebrates 37 years of Frogmore and is available post-free from the Press or, for locals, from Sky Lark bookshop in the Needlemakers, Lewes. The submission window for number 96 of the Papers is 1 – 30 April.

morphrog celebrated its tenth birthday in January with the publication of morphrog 20. ‘Poetry in the extreme’ from Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Sara Comuzzo, Izzy Lamb, Angela Kirby, Chris McDermott, Gerry Stewart, Roger Suffling and Anthony Watts is complemented by stunning photographic images from Martin Kay. The submission window for morphrog 21 is 1–31 May.

And finally a reminder that the deadline for submissions to this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May. Full details are available here. This year’s adjudicator is widely-published Brighton poet Maria Jastrzębska, who will read all entries. The author of the winning poem will receive the sum of two hundred and fifty guineas (£262.50 in new money) and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers as well as joining an illustrious list of past winners. All shortlisted poems will be published in the September edition.

Maria Jastrzębska to judge 34th annual Frogmore Poetry Prize (2020)

We are delighted to announce that the Frogmore Prize for 2020 will be adjudicated by poet and translator Maria Jastrzębska.

Maria Jastrzębska

Maria has published four full-length collections of poetry, most recently The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingénue, and two pamphlets. She co-founded Queer Writing South and South Pole and co-edited Queer in Brighton with Anthony Luvera. Her poetry featured in the British Library project ‘Poetry Between Two Worlds’ and her drama Dementia Diaries toured nationally to sell-out audiences. Maria will read all entries for the Prize.

The 2019 Frogmore Prize was won by poet and artist Polly Walshe, who joins a long list of winners which includes Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci and Lesley Saunders, since its inception in 1987. The winner of the 2020 Prize will receive the sum of two hundred and fifty guineas (£262.50) and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Full details are available at www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/submission-details-for-frogmore-poetry-prize-2019/.

All shortlisted poems will be published in number 96 of the Frogmore Papers (September 2020).

New Frogmore Papers out now (in shocking lime green!), and other news

Number 94 of The Frogmore Papers is out now and includes a feast of prose, with short stories by Andrew Blair, Peter Kenny and Natalya Lowndes alongside the usual crop of excellent poetry from the likes of Robert Hamberger, Christine McNeill, D A Prince and J S Watts. The lime green cover was designed by David Atkinson.

The issue also includes the entire shortlist from this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize, headed by Polly Walshe’s winning poem ‘Our District’, of which adjudicator John O’Donoghue writes ‘(It) has the atmosphere of certain poems by those great East European poets Czeslaw Milosz or Zbigniew Herbert, of the fabulous short story by Ursula Le Guin, ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’, and unfolds like a parable’.

94 is selling fast, so if you’d like a copy send us a cheque for £5.00 and we’ll put one in the post (or if you live in Lewes or hereabouts pop into Skylark in the Needlemakers and buy a copy from Matt).

Submissions are invited for the next edition of morphrog, the Papers’ sister publication promising ‘poetry in the extreme’. Send up to six poems in a single Word document to morphrog@gmail.com

And finally, next Sunday (20 October 2019) Jonathan Edwards will be reading at the Forward Prizes Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. We are delighted that his poem ‘The Bridge’, which was first published in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers and was shortlisted by Janet Sutherland for last year’s Frogmore Prize, has reached the shortlist for the Forward Best Individual Poem. We’ll be cheering him on.

‘Pale Fire – the Moon in Poetry and Art’ at the New Venture Theatre in Brighton on 29 November 2019

If you missed the launch of Pale Fire – New Writing on the Moon earlier this year, here is your second chance to hear from some of the contributors, at a very special venue.
The Moon has inspired lovers, poets and artists since time began and was in fact our first timekeeper. This year it has been 50 years since humans first set foot on the Moon. Join us for an evening of lunar poetry hosted in collaboration with the The New Venture Theatre in Brighton.

Writer and editor Alexandra Loske will introduce new and classic writing on the Moon, composed, chosen and read by contemporary poets and NVT members.

Poets performing will be: Jeremy Page, Maria Jastrzębska, John O’Donoghue, Chris Sykes, Stephen Plaice, Chris McDermott, Seema Kapila, Claire Booker, Zel Norwood, Neil Gower and Janet Sutherland.

Friday 29th November 7.45pm (doors open at 7pm)
New Venture Theatre
Bedford Place
Brighton
BN1 2PT

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019 – winners announced

The 33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded to Oxford writer and painter Polly Walshe, for her poem ‘Our District’. Adjudicator John O’Donoghue comments: ‘I have read the poem over and over and find new depths and meaning in it every time. There was no poem quite like ‘Our District’ in the great sheaf of poems I read.’  Polly wins 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

Polly Walshe, winner of the 2019 Frogmore Poetry Prize

Runners-up were Michael Swan, for ‘We Refugees’, which ‘brings home to the reader how the legacy of oppression remains, how the feeling of contingency and uncertainty never leaves anyone who has fled war and persecution in lives of great economy and power’, and Robert Hamberger for ‘Sleeping with Uncertainty’, a sonnet exploring the uncertainty those facing a potential cancer diagnosis have to endure.

The other shortlisted poems – by Tony Hendry, Miriam Patrick, David Shields, Ben Strak, Michael Swan (again) and J S Watts – all possess the qualities O’Donoghue was looking for in his choices: ‘originality of voice, facility with the craft of poetry and felicity of expression’.

All poems will be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ for £5.