Monday, 15 September 2014

84th number of The Frogmore Papers out now

The 84th number of The Frogmore Papers is published this month. With a striking cover by Seattle-based artist Clare Johnson, the issue features poetry by Caroline Clark, David Cooke, Sam Gardiner, Robert Hamberger, Jenny Hamlett, Christopher James, Michael Swan, Merryn Williams, Lynne Wycherley and others, prose by Alan Blackwood, Jim Conwell and Josie Turner, and artwork by Alexei Talimonov. This edition also includes all the poems shortlisted by Abegail Morley for this year’s Frogmore Prize, including the winner by Lesley Saunders and runners-up from Beth Somerford and Mark Fiddes. 

Copies are available post-free (£5.00) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ, or may be purchased at Skylark in Lewes. Subscriptions remain excellent value at £15.00 for two years (four issues) or £10.00 for one year (two issues).

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Verral's September return to Lewes

Frogmore editor Jeremy Page's play Verral of The White Hart will be performed at The White Hart, 55 High Street, Lewes, on Sat 26 and Sun 27 September at 6.45pm

A play and supper celebrating an 18th century Lewes ‘food hero’. William Verral was cook and master of the White Hart who is widely credited for introducing Britain to the cookery of aristocratic France. Verral wrote a recipe book, A Complete System of Cookery, published in 1759. The play Verral of The White Hart is written by Jeremy Page, and is based on an original idea by John Kenward (Kenward’s 1980 – 1991). 

Produced and directed by Synergy Theatre, who brought Hendrik’s Feast to Octoberfeast 2013, the play will be performed in the Sherriff’s Room in the White Hart followed by an optional two-course dinner using recipes from Verrall’s book.

Tickets from Synergy Theatre. Please book by phone: 01273 301444.
 £10 for performance only. £25.00 to include dinner (limited places)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lesley Saunders wins Frogmore Poetry Prize 2014

Adjudicator Abegail Morley has awarded this year’s Prize to Lesley Saunders for her poem ‘Torc’. Abegail says of this poem: ‘It has precise, exquisite language; the word choice is perfect and the poet is completely in control. It is a tight, rich, well-observed piece that was always near to the top of my pile.’

First runner-up is Beth Somerford with ‘For the Children’, a poem described by Abegail as ‘simple, yet complex and multi-layered; a truly visceral piece that captures the physical perfectly.’

Second runner-up is Mark Fiddes with ‘In the Valley of the Fallen’ – a poem that ‘makes you sit bolt upright’.

Other poets shortlisted were Neil Elder with ‘Open-Plan’, Richard Hughes with ‘Wee Wee Hours’, Martin Malone with ‘Truman on Ischia’, Helen Overell with ‘Shelter’, Vivienne Tregenza with ‘Water Bearer’ and Josie Turner with ‘The Small Hours’.

All shortlisted poems will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers, available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ at £5 per copy.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Frogmore Papers to be celebrated in North London on 5 June

Thirty-one years of The Frogmore Papers will be celebrated at a special event under the auspices of Haringey Literature Live.

The evening will include founding editor Jeremy Page reading from his recently published Pindrop collection of poems Closing Time; Fiona Moore reading from her HappenStance pamphlet The Only Reason for Time; Jeremy Worman reading from his new short story collection Swimming with Diana Dors; and Canadian poet Nancy Mattson reading recent work.
Former Frogmore editor Kate Pemberton will host an open mic session.

The event is free and starts at 7.30 p.m.. For details see:

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2014 - submission deadline 31 May!

A gentle reminder that it is now less than two weeks until the submission deadline for this year's Frogmore Poetry Prize.
This year the prize is adjudicated by Abegail Morley, whose first collection How to Pour Madness Into a Teacup (Cinnamon, 2009) was shortlisted for a Forward Prize.
The winner will receive 250 guineas. Results will be announced in early July.
Details here:

Monday, 21 April 2014

Frogmore poets read at Torriano Meeting House

More than twenty HappenStance poets recently read at a unique event at the Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London. A packed house heard readings from numerous contributors to The Frogmore Papers, among them
  • Gill Andrews
  • Clare Best
  • Sally Festing
  • Eleanor Livingstone
  • Fiona Moore
  • Jeremy Page
  • D. A. Prince
  • Matthew Stewart
  • Marion Tracy
  • Gina Wilson
and HappenStance's presiding spirit Helena Nelson. Collectively the readings told the story of HappenStance from its debut publication (by Eleanor Livingstone) in 2005, concluding with a foretaste of D.A. Prince's new collection Common Ground, which will be published later this year.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Frogmore poets launch new collections in Lewes, 30 April 2014

Save the date! On 30 April 2014, 7.30 pm in the Elephant & Castle, LewesFrogmore contributor Janet Sutherland and editor of the Frogmore Papers Jeremy Page will launch their new collections of poetry. All warmly invited. This is a free event, no need to book.

Link to the Facebook event HERE.
Address, map and directions to the Elephant & Castle HERE.