The Frogmore Papers nudge towards their 100th number

The 98th edition of The Frogmore Papers has now been published and is available post free from The Frogmore Press (£5.00).

This issue, with a stunning cover by Ukrainian artist Marysya Rudska, includes new poetry from John Freeman, Stuart Henson and Wendy Klein, prose from Ian Inglis and Henry Woolf and artwork from Lydia McDonnell, as well as all the poems shortlisted for the 2021 Frogmore Prize by adjudicator Clare Best, which was won by Sussex-based Californian Margaret Wilmot. Runners-up were Stephen Keeler (Ullapool) and Mike Barlow (Lancaster).

The other shortlisted poets were Katie Colombus, Cróna Gallagher, Marion Hobday, Vanessa Lampert, Nick Pearson and Anne Stewart.

Subscriptions to the Papers are still £10.00 for one year (2 issues) and £15.00 for two years (4 issues). Email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details of how to pay by BACS or PayPal, or send a cheque in the old fashioned way payable to ‘The Frogmore Press’ at 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ.

Join us at free book launch event for Neil Gower, Jeremy Page, and Marion Tracy – Wednesday, 6 October, 7pm, Lewes

On 6 October 2021, the eve of National Poetry Day, three new titles from The Frogmore Press will be launched upstairs at the Elephant & Castle pub in Lewes. These are Neil Gower’s debut poetry collection Meet Me in Palermo, Jeremy Page’s The Naming and Marion Tracy’s Evidence of LoveAll are welcome and admission is free but space is limited, so if you’d like to come please reserve a place by contacting frogmorepress@gmail.comDoors 7.00 pm and readings from 7.30.

Elephant & Castle Pub, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ

These titles will all be available for purchase on the night and can also be obtained from Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes, Much Ado Books in Alfriston, or direct (and post free) from The Frogmore Press.Email: frogmorepress@gmail.com

Meet Me in Palermo and The Naming are £10.00, Evidence of Love is £5.00.

Payment can be made in the old fashioned way by cheque, payable to The Frogmore Press (at 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ), by PayPal to Alexbythesea@hotmail.com or by BACS to:
Account name: The Frogmore Press Account number: 01436686 Sort code: 40-14-28
If paying by PayPal or BACS please confirm purchase by contacting frogmorepress@gmail.com with your postal address.

Three new Frogmore Press collections out now: Neil Gower, Jeremy Page, Marion Tracy

Three new collections of poetry are published by the Frogmore Press today (Monday 6 September).

Renowned graphic artist Neil Gower’s first collection, Meet Me in Palermo, has a long-distance love affair at its heart, but a whole life, full of fear and hope, pressed between its pages.

Jeremy Page’s The Naming revisits some familiar subjects from his last collection (Closing Time from Pindrop Press, 2014), but has been described as his darkest, most lyrical work to date.

And Marion Tracy’s pamphlet, Evidence of Love, provides evidence of all kinds – personal, political, mythical. Earthy and literary, in poems that embrace uncertainty from the beginning.

The Naming by Jeremy Page (£10.00)

Meet Me in Palermo by Neil Gower (£10.00)

Evidence of Love by Marion Tracy (£5.00)

You can order post-free directly from The Frogmore Press. Copies available at Skylark Shop, Lewes. There will be a combined launch event in Lewes in early October. Details soon.

morphrog morphs again

morphrog has always been ‘the frog that morphed’. We have tried to keep each issue fresh by keeping things in a state of flux, changing the format regularly, mixing images and poetry, creating synaesthetic content that breaks down formal barriers. Now we are morphing again. Our focus is still on the poetry, but we also welcome short stories, prose poems, audio-visual content, images and anything in between.

As morphrog 22 went to press, the UK announced a third period of ‘lockdown’ in the face of a new variant of the Covid-19 virus. Not a great start to 2021, but a timely reminder that change is a law of nature! Everything — to paraphrase Heraclitus — is in a state of flow. Let’s hope things change for the better as 2021 unfolds.

morphrog 23 includes contributions from Jane Angué, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Daniel Bennett, Joseph Eastell, Alexandra Fössinger, Ian Heffernan, Jenny Hockey, Yuan Hongri, Martin Kay, Marian Kilcoyne, Angela Kirby, Manu Mangattu, Guy Martin, Anne-Marie O’Brien, Aaron Rice, Ian C Smith, D J Tyrer and J S Watts, and is live at: http://www.morphrog.com

morphrog is an online journal edited by Jeremy Page and Peter Stewart publishing ‘poetry – and now also prose – in the extreme’. It appears twice a year, in January and July.

Margaret Wilmot wins Frogmore Prize 2021

Adjudicator Clare Best has awarded this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize to Margaret Wilmot for her poem ‘The hands’ part’. Margaret was born in Berkeley and attended the University of California. She taught English in the Mediterranean and New York before moving to Sussex in 1978, where she continued to teach. Her poetry has appeared in various British magazines including Acumen, ARTEMIS poetry, The Frogmore Papers, Magma, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, and The North. Smiths Knoll published a pamphlet in 2013 entitled Sweet Coffee and The High Window published her collection – Man Walking on Water with Tie Askew – in 2019. She is represented in Poetry South East 2021.

The hands’ part by Margaret Wilmot

He puts the chisel down, surveys
the window

emerged out of the wood,
almost a porthole

(he with no home port)

String it, and it might play – no,
not even in his dreams –

he sweeps up chips

makes black tea

sands, for days

One evening rubs a small disc
silken

to wire in that space his eye keeps
slipping through

Runners-up for the Prize were Stephen Keeler (Ullapool) and Mike Barlow (Lancaster). Poems by Mike Barlow (again), K I Colombus, Cróna Gallagher, Marion Hobday, Vanessa Lampert, Nick Pearson and Anne Stewart were shortlisted.

All shortlisted poems will be published in number 98 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2021), available for £5.00 (post free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ. Please email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details of how to pay by BACS or PayPal.

Spring arrives early: The Frogmore Papers No. 97 is out

The 97th edition of The Frogmore Papers (spring 2021) has arrived early and subscribers and contributors should already have received their copies. The issue has a striking cover by Sussex-based artist Fergus Hare and includes the usual selection of poetry, prose, artwork and reviews.

The Frogmore Papers No.97, with cover art by Fergus Hare

Contributors include Phil Bowen, Vuyelwa Carlin, Kathryn Daszkiewicz, Chris Hardy, Gill McEvoy, Sarah Salway, Myra Schneider and Merryn Williams. Here are a couple of poems from the issue:

Marguerite Doyle
CURE FOR A DOPPELGANGER

There is a woman who, for almost a year
has lived my life; drinking my tea,
eating my meals; sleeping in my bed.

I follow her when she gets the bus
to go browsing in bookshops; stare
at her between the shelves.

I watch her through windows on
open mic nights

and when she does poetry readings
I stand listening in the corridor.

She just laughs and rushes to meet
my friends; embraces them,

joins them for coffee in crowded
cafés while I wait, at a distance.

I don’t care. Someday soon her crime
will be found out; and I know—
that will be the unmasking, of me.

Julie Lumsden
THEOLOGY

When the young priest with dark eyes
suggested that Heaven was simply,
God’s space –

she felt she needed just a little more to go on –
the smell of lilies perhaps, a waxed floor,
white doves bearing billets-doux
from a pale bridegroom.

Copies of The Frogmore Papers number 97 are available for £5.00 (post free) from: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ. Payment by BACS or PayPal is also possible: please email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details.

No 22 of our online poetry magazine morphrog is now published

The 22nd edition of morphrog, ‘poetry in the extreme’, is now live at http://www.morphrog.com. It features new poetry from the following poets: Aidan Casey, Andy Conner, Ian Heffernan, M E Muir, Martin Rieser, Robert Ronnow, Mark Totterdell, D J Tyrer and Rodney Wood.

Submissions are invited for number 23, which will go live in July. For the first time, would-be contributors are encouraged to submit short stories, prose poems, audio-visual content and images, as well (of course) as ‘poetry in the extreme’. Send to: morphrog@gmail.com

Clare Best to adjudicate 35th annual Frogmore Poetry Prize

We are very pleased to announce that the Frogmore Prize for 2021 will be adjudicated by Clare Best.

Clare Best. Photo: FreddieWillatt

Clare Best’s most recent books are her prose memoir The Missing List (Linen Press, 2018) and a new poetry collection Each Other, published by Waterloo Press in autumn 2019. A pamphlet End of Season will come out with Coast to Coast to Coast in spring 2021. Other publications include Excisions; Breastless; CELL; Springlines. Recent work has appeared in Agenda, Envoi and Finished Creatures. Website: www.clarebest.co.uk

Clare will read all entries for the Prize.

The 2020 Frogmore Prize was won by Ron Scowcroft, who joins a long list of winners which includes Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Lesley Saunders and Emily Wills since its inception in 1987. The winner of the 2021 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 http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/frogmore-poetry-prize-2021/.

All shortlisted poems will be published in number 98 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2021).

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