Thursday, 23 March 2017

Would you like to read your work surrounded by the works of John Constable?

The Frogmore Press editor is looking for creative writers who would like to read some of their work on 6 May in the exhibition galleries in Brighton Museum, during the much-anticipated Constable and Brighton exhibition, which opens 8 April 2017. 

The event will be called Written in Water (a nod to Keats' epitaph) and take place on Saturday 6 May 2017, a Free Day at the Brighton Museum. It coincides with the beginning of the Brighton Festival, which this year is directed by poet Kate Tempest.  The themes of the readings (poems or short prose pieces) should be loosely connected to the Constable exhibition, but can be interpreted quite freely: water, wind, weather, storms, clouds, the Sussex coast and Downs, the sea, Brighton, landscape painting, the Romantic Age, Brighton as a home etc. 

There will be two slots: one at 12 and one at 3pm. You may read at either or both, for a maximum length of approx. 10 minutes. You are welcome to include your favourite poem(s) from the Romantic Age, or about the sea. 

Among the poets who will read a the event are Clare Best, Sonya Smith, Michaela Ridgway, Jeremy Page, Rachel Playforth, Maria Jastrzebska, Karen Antoni, Amber Agha and Marek Urbanowicz.

Tanya Shadrick will be Writer-in-Residence for the day, continuing her A Wild Patience: Laps in Longhand project.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me by email for more information. Please include a few lines about yourself  and samples of what you would like to read.

Alexandra Loske
Managing Editor, The Frogmore Press

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Frogmore Papers No. 89 out now

The 89th edition of The Frogmore Papers is now available by post from the Frogmore Press or from Skylark Books in Lewes (still only £5, incl. postage). With a cover by Paris-based artist Eva Bodinet, the issue features poetry, prose and artwork from around the world. International contributors include Robert Ammons (artwork), Les Bernstein (poetry), Megan Kitching (poetry), Rachael McGill (prose), Mary O'Donnell (poetry and prose), Donna Pucciani (poetry), Kevin Tosca (prose) and Margaret Wilmot (poetry).

The issue also includes the usual crop of reviews of recent publications and full details of the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017 to be adjudicate by Maggie Butt. The deadline is 31 May 2017.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Frog news: morphrog 14, Frogmore Papers 89 and the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017

morphrog 14, presenting a further selection of 'poetry in the extreme' is now live at . This edition includes new poetry by

Luigi Coppola
Colin Crewdson
Jane Frank
Angelica Krikler
Emma Lee
Chris McDermott
James Piatt
Sanjeev Sethi
Ian C Smith
& Peter Stewart

In other news:

The 89th issue of The Frogmore Papers will be published in March.

The deadline for entries to this year's Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May. Full details are available at Maggie Butt, the adjudicator, will read all entries and the winner will receive 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. All shortlisted poems will be published in number 90.

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.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Frogmore Prize 2017

The Frogmore Press is pleased to announce that the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2017 will be adjudicated by Maggie Butt
Maggie Butt

Maggie is the author of Lipstick (Greenwich Exchange, 2007), Petite (Hearing Eye, 2010), Ally Pally Prison Camp (Oversteps, 2011) and Degrees of Twilight (The London Magazine, 2015). She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Kent.

The current issue of The Frogmore Papers showcases all the poems shortlisted for this year's Frogmore Poetry Prize by Catherine Smith. It is available (£5.00 post free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

13th edition of morphrog - 'poetry in the extreme - now live

The 13th edition of morphrog – ‘poetry in the extreme’ – edited by Jeremy Page and Peter Stewart is now live at 

morphrog 13 features challenging and innovative poetry from names both familiar and unfamiliar. Contributors include Nisha Bhakoo, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Michael Curtis, Robert Etty, Nancy Mattson, Lindy Usher and Aprilia Zank. 

morphrog 14 will go live in January 2017. Submissions of ‘poetry in the extreme’ (supply your own definition), in a single Word document with brief biographical details, are welcome to: