The Frogmore Press has recently launched two new publications. 26 November saw the launch at the Red Roaster in Brighton of Clare Best’s Cell, which has been variously described as a ‘not-quite-pamphlet’ and a ‘folding artefact’. Cell is a poem in twelve sections with illustrations in charcoal by Michaela Ridgway. It tells the story of Christine Carpenter, a fourteen year old who took vows of silent devotion in 1329 and was enclosed in a cell in St James’ Church, Shere.
Beautifully designed by Katy Mawhood, Cell has been described by Helena Nelson as ‘a potent tale for our times’. It is a unique publication, available exclusively from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ at £10.00 per copy.
|Michaela Ridgway and Clare Best at the launch of Cell|
On 1 December True Tales from the Old Hill, the anthology of life writing published in collaboration with the Centre for LifeHistory and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex, enjoyed a second outing at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes. Inspired by Paul Auster’s True Tales of American Life and edited by Rachel Cole and Jeremy Page with Katie Leacock and Sally Willow, the anthology includes more than fifty ‘true tales’ by contributors resident in or near Lewes, many of them – Mikey Cuddihy, Beth Miller, Minoli Salgado and Janet Sutherland among them – familiar names.
True Tales from the Old Hill is available post free from The Frogmore Press also at £10.00 per copy.
|The editorial team Rachel Cole & Jeremy Page, with Sally Willow and Katie Leacock|
|Co-editor of True Tales ... Rachel Cole introduces the anthology|