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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

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.

Frogmore Papers No 91 and calls for submissions Frogmore Poetry Prize

Frogmore Papers 91 cover, by Christopher Lewis

Thirty-five years on from publication of the first Frogmore Papers the 91st edition has been published. Featuring poetry by Denise Bennett, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Ian Caws, Robin Houghton, Fiona Moore, Myra Schneider and others, prose by Bahar Brunton, Antony Johae and Jane McLaughlin, and artwork by Dee Sunshine, the issue sports a striking cover by Christopher Lewis.

Available post-free for £5 from The Frogmore Press, cash or cheques (payable to The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ).

The deadline for submissions to the thirty-second Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May 2018.  Details HERE. Adjudicator Janet Sutherland will read all entries.

Submissions are invited for the July edition of morphrog (‘poetry in the extreme’). Send up to six poems in a single Word document to: morphrog@gmail.com