Meridian: A Walk From Sussex to Yorkshire, by Matt Birch
ISBN 978-1- 8380179-6-5 Price: £18.00 Published April 2023
In July 2021, Matt Birch set out to walk along the Greenwich Meridian, a route determined by an abstract concept rather than natural features and completed in stages over four seasons. Reflecting the rhythm of a long walk, his colour photographs of the Weald, London, the Fens and Lincolnshire Wolds, are matched with short pieces of writing: writing that meanders through history, politics, nature, literature, music, etymology, prose and poetry. A personal and whimsical exploration of the places encountered between two little-known coastal towns.
End of Season (Fine di Stagione), by Clare Best
ISBN 978-1-8380179-5-8 Price: £12.00 Published September 2022
A bi-lingual (English/Italian) collection of fifteen poems inspired by the author’s many visits to Cannero Riviera on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, where she has found peace and solace in the vast waters and ever-changing colours, and in the warm hospitality of the people. Clare has written about her collection here.
End of Season /Fine di stagione can be ordered directly from Clare Best (email her at email@example.com) or from The Frogmore Press.
Echoes from the Old Hill, edited by Jeremy Page
ISBN 978-1-8380179-4-1 Price: £10.00 Published May 2022
A second anthology of poetry by the community of poets in Lewes, East Sussex, including contributions from John Agard, Grace Nichols, Catherine Smith, and Janet Sutherland. With a stunning showing the chalk cliffs to the east of the town at sunset by long-standing contributor Neil Gower.
Echoes from the Old Hill can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. £10.00 post free in the UK. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Naming, by Jeremy Page
ISBN 978-1-8380179-2-7 Price: £10.00 Published 2021
This feels like Jeremy Page‘s darkest and most lyrical collection to date. The book reads as both a paean to human peculiarity and fallibility, and an elegy to what is lost, or what we have to let go of over time – memories, loved ones, the names for things, the gaps: It starts with the names but doesn‘t end there (‘The Naming‘). Robin Houghton
The Naming can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. £10.00 post free in the UK. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact email@example.com for details.
Meet me in Palermo, by Neil Gower
ISBN 978-1-8380179-3-4 Price: £10.00 Published 2021
These are passionate poems. Centrally, there’s a long-distance love affair – but a whole life, full of fear and hope, seems pressed between these pages. Whether he’s writing an elegy to (perhaps) a mining grandfather, or his own(?) artistic origin story, there’s a physicality and energy charging through these poems. Charlotte Gann
Meet me in Palermo can be ordered directly from Neil Gower (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. £10.00 post free in the UK. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact email@example.com for details.
Evidence of Love, by Marion Tracy
ISBN 978-1-8380179-1-0 Price: £5.00 Published 2021
Here we meet gods and poets, artists, participants in a hen do, a bride, an empty beach scene with a used condom. There is a questioning in these poems, an examination of evidence, which can be of quite ordinary things as well as those that are extraordinary. The language is wonderful, rich and surprising. Janet Sutherland
Evidence of Love can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. £5.00 post free in the UK. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Poetry South East 2020, edited by Jeremy Page
ISBN 978-1-8380179-2-7 Price: £7.50 Published 2020
Poetry South East was born as an annual anthology of contemporary poetry from the region – Kent, Surrey, Sussex – in 1976 and appeared every year until 1983. Howard Sergeant, Laurence Lerner, John Rice, Patricia Beer, Barry MacSweeney, Patric Dickinson, Roger Crowley and Anthony Thwaite all served as editors, and over the years Poetry South East published poets as diverse as Elizabeth Bartlett, Judith Kazantzis, Peter Redgrove and Ken Smith. The Frogmore Press revided the series in 2000, and Poetry South East 2010 appeared ten years later. Poetry South East 2020 constitutes a comprehensive survey of poetic activity in the region in the first decades of the 21st century.
Poetry South East 2020 can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ. 58 pages, £7.50 post free in the UK. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact email@example.com for details.
Pale Fire – New Writing on the Moon, edited by Alexandra Loske
ISBN 978 0 9570688 8 9 Price: £10.00 Published 2019
Pale Fire is a collection of poetry by contemporary writers inspired by and celebrating our relationship with the Moon. Published 50 years after humankind first set foot on another world, it marks the anniversary of this milestone in the history of human achievement, aspiration and desire. This new writing by more than 60 poets provides compelling testimony that we are still mystified, fascinated and guided by our nearest celestial neighbour.
The anthology is edited by Frogmore Press Managing Editor Alexandra Loske, who has also co-authored a book about the Moon in art, science and culture with astronomer Dr Robert Massey (Moon: Art – Science Culture, Octopus Press, 2018).
Pale Fire is illustrated with drawings, paintings and etchings of the Moon by British artist Fergus Hare, in whose work the Moon has been a major inspiration and recurring motif for many years.
Pale Fire can be ordered directly from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ . 96 pages, £10, post-free in the UK, at cost to other destinations. For payment by BACS/PayPal contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Desolate Beauty by L.E. Usher
ISBN 978 0 9570688 9 6 Price: £10.00 Published 2018
This pamphlet has been produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with The Frogmore Press and Art First Gallery. It was designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design and features specially commissioned art work by John Lee Bird.
Language is central to who we are. To lose the power of speech is terrible for anyone but for a writer it is equivalent to losing one’s soul.
At a comparatively young age, the novelist Lindy Usher was incapacitated by a series of strokes. In this sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes, she 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. – Sue Hubbard
ISBN 978 0 9570688 7 2 Price: £7.99 Published 2017
A collection of new poetry, stories and non-fiction by lido lovers and wild swimmers: writers who find inspiration in or near outdoor pools, lakes, rivers and other wild waters.
(This title may be ordered online at Amazon, Telegraph Books or Foyles)
Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography by Jeremy Page
ISBN 978 0 9570688 6 5 Price: £5.00 Published 2016
The author left his home town on the Kent coast when he was eighteen, but has since returned regularly for short visits and longer periods. These poems, written and published over more than a quarter of a century, collectively constitute his ‘Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography’.
ISBN 978 0 9570688 4 1 Price: £10.00 Published 2015
Of this extraordinary artefact Moniza Alvi remarked: ‘Clare Best’s very fine poem – delicate and intense, earthy and visionary – is now enhanced by this unique, striking presentation.’
ISBN 978 0 9570688 2 7 Price: £10.00 Published 2015
This anthology showcases poetry and prose by writers who have read at the legendary Needlewriters readings in Lewes, East Sussex, including John Agard, Sasha Dugdale, Lee Harwood, Grace Nichols, Lorna Thorpe and Jackie Wills.
ISBN 978 0 9570688 3 4 Price: £5.00 Published 2014
Of Catherine Smith’s memorable long poem, Ros Barber wrote: ‘Delicious, delightful and more than a little bit frightening, Catherine Smith’s The New Cockaigne creates a verbal feast of sexual, gastronomic and alcoholic excesses. A fascinating satire on how totalitarian thought processes imprison us all.’
ISBN 978 0 9570688 0 3 Price: £10.00 Published 2012
A sumptuously produced anthology of poetry, prose and critical writing on colour alongside artwork by Graham Dean, David J Markham, Liz Rideal and others.
The Alternative Version by Jeremy Page
ISBN 0 9531383 9 9 Price: £4.95 Published 2001
Ian Caws wrote of Jeremy Page’s first full collection: ‘A collection to be kept on the shelf and returned to when all the lights seem too bright.’
All titles are available post free from: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
The following titles are now out of print:
True Tales from the Old Hill (2015) edited by Rachel Cole and Jeremy Page
Poems from the Old Hill (2012) edited by Jeremy Page
Poetry South East 2010 (2010) edited by Jeremy Page and Catherine Smith
Three Voices (2003) by Peter Easter, Ayala Kingsley and Rachel Playforth
When They Come for You (2003) by Michael Swan
Poetry South East 2000 (2000) edited by Jeremy Page
A Plutonian Monologue (2000) by Brian Aldiss
A Dozen Villanelles (1999) by Matthew Mead
Other Lilies (1997) by Marita Over
The Silent Key (1997) edited by Kate Pemberton
Decade (1996) edited by Jeremy Page and Kate Pemberton
Objects on Hills (1996) by Giles Goodland
Genius Loci (1995) by W H Petty and Robert Roberts
Second Helping of Your Heart (1994) by Sophie Hannah
Secret Dormitories (1993) by Jeremy Page
Estocada (1993) by Michael Paul Hogan
Correcting Fluid (1993) by David Lightfoot
The Frogmore Papers Anthology (1993) edited by Jeremy Page
Mongoose On His Shoulder (1992) by Geoffrey Holloway
New Pastorals (1992) by Robert Etty
The Frogmore Poetry Prize Anthology 1987 – 1991 (1991) edited by Jeremy Page
Bush Klaxon Has A Body Like A Trio Sonata (1991) by Bob Mitchell
The Road Remains (1990) by Peter Marshall
Frogmore Poetry (1989) edited by Jeremy Page and Antony Powell
Bliss by (1989) Jeremy Page