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 http://www.morphrog.com/ 


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: morphrpog@gmail.com

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Frogmore poets at South Downs Poetry Festival 16 - 24 July 2016

A number of Frogmore poets will be participating in the inaugural South Downs Poetry Festival from 16 - 24 July 2016. 


Clare Best, Patrick Bond, Robin Houghton, Wendy Klein, Jeremy Page and Janet Sutherland are among the writers contributing readings or workshops to this week of poetry. Full details available at: http://www.sdpf.org.uk/programme/

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Eve Jackson wins 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize (2016)

Adjudicator Catherine Smith has awarded the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize to Eve Jackson from the Isle of Wight for her poem ‘Calves on a Carousel’.
Eve Jackson

Catherine says of this winning poem: ‘From the first reading it did strange things to the top of my head. One way of reading it is to say that it describes calves in a field before they embark on their final journey to the abattoir. Not a comfortable subject, perhaps, but an everyday one. ‘Calves on a Carousel’ dazzled me with its quietly devastating imagery.’ Eve will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

Runners-up were Kate Ling with ‘Blackheath, Early Morning’ and Catherine Edmunds with ‘Cabbage on a Leash’. Other poets shortlisted were Kaddy Benyon, Sharon Black, David Hale, Wes Lee, Anthony Powers, Andrew Sclater and Natalie Whittaker. All shortlisted poems will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers (number 88), which will be available from The Frogmore Press for £5.00 inclusive of post and packing.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Deadline looms for morphrog - 'poetry in the extreme' - 12 June 2016

The deadline for submissions to the thirteenth edition of Frogmore's online journal morphrog - 'poetry in the extreme' - is looming.


As ever, editors Jeremy Page and Peter Stewart are interested in reading poems that may struggle to achieve publication in more mainstream journals. If you have never seen morphrog, visit http://www.morphrog.com/ where number 12 will give an indication of the kind of work that is likely to find favour.

Submissions should be sent in a single word document to morphrog@gmail.com no later that 12 June 2016.

morphrog 13 will be published in July 2016.