Sunday, 10 September 2017

News from the Frogmore Press: Readings, Frogmore Poetry Prize and Frogmore Papers 90

Frogmore poets Jeremy Page, Kitty Coles and Michael Bartholomew-Biggs will read at Lumen, King’s Cross, London, on Tuesday 19 September 2017. The event starts at 7.00 pm and entry is £5.00. All proceeds go to cold weather shelters for the homeless.
Full details at: https://camdenlumen.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/lumen-poetry-series-tuesday-19th-september/

Janet Sutherland will adjudicate the 2018 Frogmore Poetry Prize. Janet is the author of three collections from Shearsman, most recently Bone Monkey. Her fourth is due next year.
Submissions are invited for the January edition of morphrog, ‘poetry in the extreme’. Up to six poems may be sent in a single Word file to: morphrog@gmail.com The current edition can be viewed at: http://www.morphrog.com/


And finally, the 90th edition of The Frogmore Papers will be published later this month. The issue will feature poetry from Maggie Butt, Jonathan Edwards, Abegail Morley, Michael Swan, Howard Wright and others, prose by Michael Loveday and Kevin Tosca and artwork by Dee Sunshine. All the poems shortlisted for this year’s Frogmore Prize, including Emily Wills’ winning poem, are also published in the issue. Copies will be available for £5.00 (post free) from: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Number 15 of morphrog, Frogmore's online journal of ‘poetry in the extreme’ is now live

Number 15 of morphrog, the online journal promising ‘poetry in the extreme’ and published by the Frogmore Press, is now live at http://www.morphrog.com  


The issue contains new poetry from the customary eclectic range of authors: American poet Gale Acuff, author of The Story of My Lives (2008), who has taught university English in the US and China as well as on the Palestinian West Bank; widely published poet and poetry editor of London Grip Michael Bartholomew-Biggs; multiple Pushcart prize nominee Lana Bella; Natalie Crick, whose poem ‘Sunday School’ was nominated for this year’s Pushcart Prize; recent runner-up for the Frogmore Prize Nicola Daly; Antony Johae, author of Poems of the East; Missouri poet Donal Mahoney; priest, mediator, trainer and poet Chris McDermott; Ian C Smith, author of wonder sadness madness, who lives in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, Australia; poet, sound artist and graphic artist Lawrence Upton; and Austrian writer Theresa Vogrin. At a time of increasing global uncertainty, the international flavour of this issue offers a wide range of perspectives on and insights into the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in.

morphrog is published twice a year in January and July, and subscription is free. To subscribe please contact: morphrog@gmail.com

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The winner of the 31st Frogmore Poetry Prize is...

Adjudicator Maggie Butt has awarded the 31st Frogmore PoetryPrize to Emily Wills.

This is the third time Emily has won the Prize: her previous successes were in 2012 (awarded by Janet Sutherland) and 2013 (awarded by Stephanie Norgate). She joins the distinguished company of Caroline Price, another three-times winner, and John Latham and Howard Wright, who have both won twice. Emily works as a GP in Gloucestershire and her latest collection is Unmapped (The Rialto, 2014).

Maggie Butt says the winning poem, ‘Her Labour’s Fruits’, ‘leapt out at me from the first reading. The first line ‘the buttery cool of milk just on the turn,’ held promise which was fulfilled over and over again with sensual images, tastes and colours. I was immersed and then led into the slow reveal of the viewpoint of the speaker, the accomplished way the poet trusts the reader to complete the story.’

Emily Wills, three-times Frogmore Prize winner
Runner-up Vaughan Pilikian, a film-maker and Sanskrit scholar, was a candidate for the Oxford Professorship of Poetry in 2010. His 15-line, single-sentence poem ‘May It Be You’ uses vivid imagery ‘fluted/in plainsong,/ shuttled in the blood,’ musical repetition and religious allusions to create a multi-faceted and jewel-like love poem.’ Maggie advises: ‘Read it to someone you love!’

Other poets shortlisted for this year’s Prize were Nicola Daly, Sarah Doyle, Alan Dunnett, Jonathan Edwards, Katie Hale, Anthony Head, Sarah Wallis and Mary Williams. In addition, ‘Surfer’ by Emily Wills also reached the shortlist.

All shortlisted poems will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers (number 90), available from The Frogmore Press for only £5.00.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Written in Water - a very special Frogmore event - 6 May 2017

The Frogmore Press invites you to a very special poetry and prose event at the Constable and Brighton exhibition at Brighton Museum.




Written in Water (a nod to Keats' epitaph) will take place on Saturday 6 May 2017, during the Free for the Festival Day at the Brighton Museum. It coincides with the beginning of the Brighton Festival, which this year is directed by poet Kate Tempest. The themes of the readings will be loosely connected to the Constable exhibition: water, wind, weather, storms, clouds, the Sussex coast and Downs, the sea, Brighton, landscape painting, the Romantic Age, Brighton as a home etc.

The event will be compèred by Frogmore Press Managing Editor Alexandra Loske, who is also a curator at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums. There will be two readings, one at 12noon and one at 3pm. 

In addition, Tanya Shadrick, creator of Wild Patience Scrolls and co-editor of Frogmore's latest anthology Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers will be there as writer-in-residence for the day.

There is no need to  book, but the museum is likely to get very busy and there is a strict limit on people allowed in the Constable galleries at any one time, so come early to avoid disappointment.

Here is the line-up of poets/writers:

12noon
Marek Urbanowicz, Vanessa Gebbie (also reading work by the late Joanna Seldon), Clare Best, Lyn Thomas, Janet Sutherland, Rachel Playforth, Zel Norwood, Mark Bridge, Jan Heritage, Stacy Carl-McGrath, Gary Goodman

3pm
Maria Jastrzębska, Chris Sykes , Mandy Pannett, Karen Antoni, Marek Urbanowicz, Sonya Smith,  Jeremy Page, Seema Kapila, Alison Rumfitt, Claire Booker, Michaela Ridgway, Claire Pankhurst



Monday, 1 May 2017

Deadline for Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017 fast approaching

THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2017

The deadline for entries to this year's Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May. 

Maggie Butt, the adjudicator, will read all entries and the winner will receive 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. All shortlisted poems will be published in number 90 and on the Frogmore Press website.

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2017 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. 


Conditions of Entry
  1. Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication.
  2. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
  3. Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
  4. The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling.   
  5. Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
  6. The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying sheet of paper.
  7. The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 90 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2017), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below, and on the Frogmore Press website.          
  8. To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’.
  9. Poems cannot be returned.
  10. Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2017.
  11. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Frogmore Press reserves the right to publish all shortlisted poems.
  12. The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  13. Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
  14. The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.


Friday, 28 April 2017

New Frogmore anthology 'Watermarks - Writing by lido lovers & wild swimmers' out now

Watermarks
Writing by lido lovers & wild swimmers
 edited by Tanya Shadrick & Rachel Playforth
 A Frogmore Press & Pells Pool collaboration

Artwork by Neil Gower

Watermarks is 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.

Full of quick turns, graceful strokes and surprising dives into the depths, this is writing to make us catch our breath, laugh in delight or shiver a little.

Our call for new poetry, short fiction and life-writing celebrating the life aquatic was answered by swimmers at home and abroad. F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that ‘all good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath’ and all the writer-swimmers in the book had us hold ours a little too.

Lake Ontario. Skarðsvík. Isola Santa. Galway. Hong Kong. Trollhagen. In waters from around the world, we are immersed in birth and death, danger and rescue, new loves and last. Ness Cove. Spitchwick. Thurlestone. Sharrah. Swimmers closer to home take us places few know and less dare: freezing mountain pools, rivers in full spate where buoyancy is lost suddenly in froth and bubbles.

With work by more than fifty fine writers, the collection includes an extract from Alexandra Heminsley’s new memoir Leap In and work by Lynne Roper, the visionary West Country wild swimmer and former press officer for OSS who died in August 2016.
You can order Watermarks at your local bookseller, such as Skylark at Needlemakers in Lewes, or online at, among others, Waterstones, Foyles and Telegraph Books.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Would you like to read your work surrounded by the works of John Constable?

The Frogmore Press editor is looking for creative writers who would like to read some of their work on 6 May in the exhibition galleries in Brighton Museum, during the much-anticipated Constable and Brighton exhibition, which opens 8 April 2017. 


The event will be called Written in Water (a nod to Keats' epitaph) and take place on Saturday 6 May 2017, a Free Day at the Brighton Museum. It coincides with the beginning of the Brighton Festival, which this year is directed by poet Kate Tempest.  The themes of the readings (poems or short prose pieces) should be loosely connected to the Constable exhibition, but can be interpreted quite freely: water, wind, weather, storms, clouds, the Sussex coast and Downs, the sea, Brighton, landscape painting, the Romantic Age, Brighton as a home etc. 

There will be two slots: one at 12 and one at 3pm. You may read at either or both, for a maximum length of approx. 10 minutes. You are welcome to include your favourite poem(s) from the Romantic Age, or about the sea. 

Among the poets who will read a the event are Clare Best, Sonya Smith, Michaela Ridgway, Jeremy Page, Rachel Playforth, Maria Jastrzebska, Karen Antoni, Amber Agha and Marek Urbanowicz.

Tanya Shadrick will be Writer-in-Residence for the day, continuing her A Wild Patience: Laps in Longhand project.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me by email for more information. Please include a few lines about yourself  and samples of what you would like to read.

Alexandra Loske
Managing Editor, The Frogmore Press
Alexbythesea@hotmail.com