Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Frogmore celebrates its 30th birthday - in Brighton, London and Folkestone

John McCullough, Maria Jastrzebska, Michaela Ridgway and Jeremy Page at the NVT
John McCullough wriggling his toes
Frogmore celebrated thirty years of publishing this month with events at the New Venture Theatre, Brighton (compered by Managing Editor, Alexandra Loske) on 5 May and the Poetry Café, Betterton Street, Covent Garden (compered by Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page) on 15 May. Readers in Brighton – JohnMcCullough, Maria Jastrzebska, Jeremy Page and Michaela Ridgway – had the surreal experience of reading from the set of Sartre’s Huis Clos, which was mid-run at the NVT.  

Managing Editor Alexandra Loske on a faux Regency phone cabinet

Maria Jastrzebska reclining on the chaise-longue
Readers in London – John Mackay, Abegail Morley, Jeremy Worman and Tamar Yoseloff – provided both poetry and prose between them, the evening concluding with founding editor Jeremy Page reading a short selection of favourite poems published in The Frogmore Papers down the years.

Saturday (18 May) saw the last of the celebratory events, with readings from co-founders André Evans and Jeremy Page at the Amphitheatre in Folkestone, a stone’s throw from the site of the celebrated tea-rooms where the Press was founded.  

Jeremy Page and André Evans at the Folkestone Amphiteatre
An appreciative audience heard André read from his introduction to the first issue of The Frogmore Papers and also his co-founder’s 1983 ‘Requiem for Frogmore’.  Jeremy read a poem originally commissioned by Kent Arts and Libraries for its ‘Century of Kent Writers’ project, evoking Folkestone’s unlikely associations with Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett and Philip Larkin, before concluding his reading with a selection of Flexostructuralist poems by Bob Mitchell. Mitchell’s work was championed by the Frogmore Press in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the publication of the now very rare and much sought after classic Bush Klaxon Has A Body Like A Trio Sonata in 1991.

Coming next from Frogmore:
On 1 July issue 7 of morphrog, Frogmore’s online journal, will go live.
In July, the results of the 27th Frogmore Poetry Prize, adjudicated by Stephanie Norgate, will be announced.  The deadline for entries is 31 May.
In September number 82 of The Frogmore Papers will be published.  The issue will feature the Frogmore Prize shortlist and a cover by Rye-based artist Leah Fusco.

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