Tuesday, 11 November 2014

True Tales from the Old Hill - Call for submissions

The Frogmore Press is seeking to publish a collection of outstanding new life writing, in partnership with the Centre for Life History and Writing Research at the University Sussex.

Image: Neil Gower/Viva Lewes, 2009
Writers are invited to submit a prose piece of up to 750 words in length on any subject, to create a ‘museum of Lewesian reality’ (inspired by Paul Auster's collection True Tales of American Life):

We are looking for stories. The stories have to be true, and they have to be short, but there are no restrictions as to subject matter or style. We are interested in stories written by people who live in or around Lewes now, but the stories do not have to be about Lewes; we are interested in anecdotes that reveal the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls. In other words, true stories that sound like fiction. 

Criteria for submissions: contributors must live in or around Lewes.
Deadline: 31 March 2015
One hard copy and/or an emailed version to: 
The Frogmore Press
21 Mildmay Road
Lewes, BN7 1PJ

and/or frogmorepress@gmail.com

Please mark all submissions ‘TALES’.

A committee comprising editors at Frogmore and life writing specialists at the CLHLWR will consider all submissions in making their selection.

The Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research at the University at Sussex explores life narrative as art, history and social practice

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Catherine Smith's new work 'The New Cockaigne' to be performed at the Lewes Arms

Catherine Smith's new work The New Cockaigne, 'a rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess', will be published by The Frogmore Press in the next few days.


The cover was designed by Rob Macdonald.

​'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.' - Ros Barber

If you're free on Friday 14th November 2014 please come along to The Lewes Arms (upstairs), Lewes, East Sussex, to the first performance of a new Live Literature show adapted from Catherine Smith's long, surreal poem The New Cockaigne.  It will be performed by Andy Sykes and Laura Freeman, with live music from a live musician, and directed by the wonderful Mark C. Hewitt. There are two performances at The Lewes Arms (7pm and 9pm).

Booking details etc. here - click on 'events' www.leweslivelit.co.uk
The book will be available for a very reasonable £5 on the night, and afterwards.