Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Lewes Voices at the Elly: Clare Best, Catherine Smith and Jeremy Page

Three Frogmore poets read from recent collections at the Lewes Voices event at the town’s Elephant and Castle pub last week. 

Clare Best's Cell
The evening began with Clare Best reading from her Frogmore artefact Cell, which won first prize in the Second Light Poetry Competition’s long poem category. Cell  is written in the voice of Christine Carpenter, a 14 year old girl who, in 1329, took a vow of  ‘solitary devotion’ to become an anchoress.

Catherine Smith
In a subtly different vein, Catherine Smith entertained the audience with her ballad The New Cockaigne (Frogmore Press, 2014), a ‘verbal feast of sexual, gastronomic and alcoholic excess’. 

Jeremy Page
The evening concluded with the launch of Jeremy Page’s new Frogmore pamphlet Stepping Back: Resubmisison for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography, which brings together poems written over the last twenty-five years exploring his relationship with the coastal town where he spent his formative years. 

All three titles are available post free from The Frogmore Press or from Skylark in its new roomier quarters downstairs at the Needlemakers in Lewes.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Lewes Voices - Poetry event at book launch at the Elly 22 November 2016

Come and join us at this free event:

Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page will launch his new pamphlet Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes on Tuesday 22 November.  Fellow readers at this event will be Clare Best, who will read from her Frogmore Press artefact Cell – described by Helena Nelson as ‘a potent tale for our times’ – and Catherine Smith, who will read from her Frogmore Press pamphlet The New Cockaigne, of which Ros Barber has written: ‘Delicious, delightful and more than a little bit frightening … creates a verbal feast of sexual, gastronomic and alcoholic excesses.’

Free event. Upstairs at The Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. 7.00 (readings start at 7.30) Tuesday 22 November 2016.