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 Neil Elder, Tony Hendry, Miriam Patrick, David Shields, Ben Stratz, 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.

Now live: morphrog No. 19 – poetry in the extreme

Issue 19 of morphrog, the online journal showcasing ‘poetry in the extreme’, is now live at www.morphrog.com .This edition features work by seventeen poets: Robin Houghton, Jacquie Wyatt, Antony Johae, Pauline Rowe, DJ Tyrer, David Olsen, Anna Milan, Nisha Bhakoo, Rodney Wood, ME Muir, Marek Urbanowicz, Bruach Mhor, Jenean McBrearty, Robert Nisbet, Ian C. Smith, George Beddow and Charlie Jones.

Photographs are by Martin Kay. With issue 20 in December 2019 morphrog will celebrate ten years of publication.

 

The Moon, Poetry and all that Jazz

We are delighted to announce that Pale Fire, an anthology of new lunar poetry by more than sixty writers, illustrated by Fergus Hare, is now published.
It can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. £10 + £2 for postage and packaging in the UK, at cost to other destinations. Email orders: Alexbythesea@hotmail.com .  You may also purchase it at Skylark in Lewes or Much Ado Books in Alfriston, East Sussex.
The launch on 9 June 2019 at Fitzroy House in Lewes is now fully booked, but there will be other exciting things happening on the same day:

Moongazing, an exhibition of Moon art, curated by Sarah O’Kane, at Fitzroy House, including work by Fergus Hare.

Painters, printmakers and sculptors are exhibiting artworks for this stunning show, many specially-commissioned. A range of artists including Julian Bell, Peter Messer, Fergus Hare, Flora McLachlan and Charlotte Snook were asked to create work expressing different aspects of the moon: urban moon, childhood moon, magical moon, tidal moon, nocturnal animals and mythological moon are some of the themes developed by the participating artists.

 

An illustrated talk about the Moon in art and science by editor Alexandra Loske and astronomer Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society. They recently published Moon – Art, Science, Culture (Octopus, 2018).
2.30pm, Fitzroy House.  For places email sarah@sarahokane.co.uk.
Entry fee: £3 (please bring along on the day).

Poetry & all that Jazz – Upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AN
Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music at the launch of Poetry & All That Jazz magazine which brings together leading poets with South Downs writers, plus jazzy guitar music.
The 2019 edition includes great poems from Louis de Bernieres, Frieda Hughes, Penelope Shuttle and South Downs poets.
Part of the South Downs Poetry Festival. www.sdpf.org.uk
Free entrance (with a drink purchased from the Tavern)

Lunar poetry: Join us at the launch of ‘Pale Fire – New Writing on the Moon’ on 9 June

We are delighted to announce that Pale Fire, an anthology of new lunar poetry by more than sixty writers, illustrated by Fergus Hare, will be published at the end of May.
Join us at the launch at Fitzroy House, a beautiful historic building in Lewes, against a backdrop of Moon-themed art.

9 June 2019
7.30pm
Fitzroy House
10 High Street
Lewes BN7 2AD

There will  be readings from several contributors and a chance to meet the editor Alexandra Loske and artist Fergus Hare. An exhibition of new art, Moongazing, curated by Sarah O’Kane will be on display at the venue. For more information see www.sarahokane.co.uk

This is a free event but places must be pre-booked by email as places are limited. To reserve a place, send an email to Alexbythesea@hotmail.com

At 2.30 in the afternoon on 9 June there is also a chance to attend talk about the Moon in art and science by editor Alexandra Loske and astronomer Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society. They recently published Moon – Art, Science, Culture (Octopus, 2018).  

For places email sarah@sarahokane.co.uk. Entry fee: £3 (please bring along on the day).

Both books are available at the Moongazing exhibition and authors will sign copies at both events.

 

 

If you can’t make it to the launch, Pale Fire can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ .
96 pages, ISBN 9780957068889, £10 + £2 for postage and packaging in the UK, at cost to other destinations. Email orders: Alexbythesea@hotmail.com

The Frogmore Papers 93 now available, post-free

As The Frogmore Papers approach their 36th birthday, the 93rd issue has been published. With poetry from  James Aitchison, Sharon Black, Maggie Butt, Ian Caws, Stuart Pickford, Gill McEvoy, Clare Best, Neil Gower, Fred Johnston, Nancy Mattson, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Karen Smith, Michael Curtis, Fokkina McDonnell, David Shields, and many others, prose from Mark Czanik, as well as reviews of latest literary publications, the issue promises and delivers a very varied read. The cover design is by Guildford-based artist Jane Chapman, who was also responsible for the cover of The Frogmore Papers’ 27th edition back in 1990!

Available post-free from the Frogmore Press at £5. Also at Skylark in Lewes. 

 

Desolate Beauty by L.E. Usher

Frogmore has published an outstanding experimental pamphlet of poetry by novelist Lindy Usher. It was produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with us and Art First Gallery,  designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design, and features specially commissioned art work by John Lee Bird

The book deals with the devastating effects of loss of speech through stroke. Usher suffered a series of strokes at a relatively young age and has here created a sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes. Sue Hubbard notes that Usher ‘takes the fractured shards of language and rebuilds them bit by painful bit to create something that both reflects, yet reaches beyond, this life-changing experience’.

The pamphlet was launched on 26 January 2019 at New Art Projects in London. Here are some pictures of the happy occasion, which showed the complete set of John Lee Bird’s artwork and also reunited almost the complete fleet of staff of Shipley Art Booksellers (70, Charing Cross Road, London) from c.1998, 20 years later.

 

Desolate Beauty has been reviewed by Peter Stewart in the latest issue of The Frogmore Papers (no.93).

Copies of Desolate Beauty can be ordered from New Art Projects at £10.00 plus postage. Postage to the UK is £2.00, postage to the USA/Canada is £5.

Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or by Paypal to Fred@newartprojects.com

 

New Year’s news from Frogmore: morphrog 18, L.E. Usher’s Desolate Beauty and a book about the Moon

Here is how we are kicking off 2019:

morphrog 18

With the publication of its 18th number,  morphrog 18 – Frogmore’s online showcase of ‘poetry in the extreme’ – celebrates its 9th birthday. The current edition features the photography of Martin Kay and poems by Daniel Bennett, Robert Ford, Michael Jackson, Angela Kirby,  SA Leavesley, Edward Lee, Chris McDermott, Frank McMahon, ME Muir, Hannah Rogers, Naomi Wood. It is now live at www.morphrog.com/2019/01/07/introducing-morphrog18/

 

Desolate Beauty by L.E. Usher

We are proud and excited to announce the publication of  a pamphlet of poetry by novelist Lindy Usher. It was produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with us and Art First Gallery,  designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design, and features specially commissioned art work by John Lee Bird. The book deals with the devastating effects of loss of speech through stroke. Usher suffered a series of strokes at a relatively young age and has here created a sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes. Sue Hubbard notes that Usher ‘takes the fractured shards of language and rebuilds them bit by painful bit to create something that both reflects, yet reaches beyond, this life-changing experience’.

Copies of Desolate Beauty can be ordered from New Art Projects at £10.00 plus postage.
Postage to the UK is £2.00
Postage to the USA/Canada is £5

Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or by Paypal to Fred@newartprojects.com

Join us at the launch of this publication on 26 January 2019 in London, details HERE. You will be able to order copies from the Frogmore Press after the launch.

  

Moon: Art, Science, Culture 

In April 2019 Frogmore will publish an anthology of new writing on the Moon, with the title Pale Fire. The editor of the anthology, Alexandra Loske, has recently published a substantial illustrated book on the Moon in art, science, and culture in general, co-authored with astronomer Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society. Since its publication in October Alexandra and Robert have taken part in many Moon-themed events, including an appearance with Maggie Aderin-Pocock at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, a podcast about the Apollo 8 Moon mission and their famous Earthrise picture, as well as lectures and talks in London and at the University of Sussex. Telescopes were present at some of them! This all bodes well for the Frogmore Moon anthology, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings this year, and will surely lead to more events ‘around the Moon’. Among the contributors to the anthology are Grace Nichols, George Szirtes, Neil Gower, Janet Sutherland, Clare Best, Maggie Butt, Myra Schneider, Martin Malone and Sharon Black. The artwork will be by Fergus Hare.

 

 

 

33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize

Poet, journalist and author John O’Donoghue will adjudicate the 33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize, worth 250 guineas, in 2019. John’s memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted was Mind Book of the Year Prize in 2010, and his poetry collections include Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009) and Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014). He will read all submissions for the Prize. Previous winners include Ann Alexander, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Caroline Price, Lesley Saunders – and Emily Wills, who has now won on four separate occasions! The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019 and full details are available at: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/submission-details-for-frogmore-poetry-prize-2019/

London Calling – from the faraway towns

London Calling and other stories by Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page will be launched at two events this month.

On Wednesday 17 October he will be reading at Waterstones in Brighton with Cultured Llama stablemates Vanessa Gebbie and Louise Tondeur.

Tickets are available in advance from:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/cultured-llama-an-evening-with-louise-tondeur-jeremy-page-and-vanessa-gebbie/brighton

On Wednesday 24 October he will be reading upstairs at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes (White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ), with fellow Frogmore writers Clare Best and Kay Syrad. Clare will be reading from her memoir The Missing List while Kay will read from her new collection of poems Inland. This is a free event. All welcome. Doors at 7.00 pm, readings from 7.30:
http://www.culturedllama.co.uk/events/jeremy-page-launches-london-calling-in-lewes

London Calling is available direct from Cultured Llama or can be ordered through your local bookshop. In Lewes it is available from Skylark in the Needlemakers.

Frogmore Prize shortlist published in the Papers

The 92nd edition of The Frogmore Papers has now been published.

Frogmore Papers No. 92
Artwork by Patrick Marrin

The issue features a cover by Folkestone artist Patrick Marrin depicting the Christ Church Tower in the town, situated no more than a hundred yards from the site of the Frogmore Tea-Rooms, where the Papers were founded in 1983.

All the poems shortlisted for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 are published in the magazine, including ‘On the Subject of Fracking’ by Emily Wills, which won her the Prize for the fourth time. The runners-up by Rosie Jackson and Carole Coates also appear, as do shortlisted poems by Jonathan Edwards, Wendy Klein, Jeni Mills, Miriam Patrick, Susannah Violette and Margaret Wilmot, and new poetry from Michael Curtis, Robert Etty, Jessica Mookherjee, Catherine Smith, Michael Swan, Howard Wright and many others. H Alder provides the prose.

The Frogmore Papers are available post-free for £5.00 from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ, or can be purchased at Skylark, Lewes’s independent bookshop in the Needlemakers.