Thursday, 26 September 2013

October events

On Tuesday 15 October, at Shoreham Airport (7.00 pm), Michael Bartholomew-Biggs will launch his  new collection Fred & Blossom, a poetic tale about love and flying, which was reviewed in the latest number of The Frogmore Papers.  He will be joined by guest readers and fellow Frogmore voices Jeremy Page and Jackie Wills.  Fred & Blossom is based on the story of F. G. Miles and Maxine Forbes-Robertson, who fell in love in an aeroplane at Shoreham and went on to design and build successful light aircraft during the 1930s.  Through their lives we learn about the beginnings of airline travel, the British class system, the Spanish Civil War and the golden age of detective fiction.  The event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP to

On Thursday 24 October Grace Nichols and John Agard (7.45 pm, doors 7.00)  will be reading at Needlewriters in Lewes.  Grace will be reading from her collection Picasso, I Want My Face Back and John will be reading a selection of his work, particularly from his new Bloodaxe volume Travel Light Travel Dark.  

Tickets are £5 (£3 unwaged and claiming benefit) and are available in advance from Skylark bookshop in the Needlemakers, Lewes (and why not pick up a copy of the new issue of The Frogmore Papers while you’re about it?). It is anticipated that this event will sell out and early purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.  More information from:

 And on the subject of John Agard, the Frogmore blogmaster cannot resist posting this wonderful picture of John receiving The Queen's Gold Medal of Poetry 2012:

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Autumn issue of The Frogmore Papers appears

Cover art by Leah Fusco
The latest edition of The Frogmore Papers is now out and will be sent out to contributors and subscribers within the next few days.  The Papers’ 82nd number contains new poetry from Ann Alexander, Robert Etty, Fred Johnston, Maitreyabandhu and others, prose from Derrick Buttress, Alan Blackwood, Robert  Maslen and Josie Turner, artwork from Alexei Talimonov and all of the poems shortlisted for this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize by Stephanie Norgate, including the winning poem by Emily Wills.

The suitably autumnal cover was designed by Rye-based artist Lea Fusco (

Copies are available from The Frogmore Press for £5.00 (post free) or may be purchased from Skylark bookshop in the Needlemakers, Lewes.