Friday, 10 July 2015

morphrog and Frogmores

The eleventh edition of morphrog, edited by Jeremy Page and Peter Stewart, is now live at and features poetry in the extreme from Nisha Bhakoo, John Brookes, Dane Cobain, Scott Elder, Allison Grayhurst, Antony Johae, Craig Kurtz, Jeffrey Loffman, Donal Mahoney, Paul Matthews, John Alwyine-Mosely, Diana Reed, David Romanda, Michelle Villanueva and Rob Yates.

September will see the publication of the 86th edition of The Frogmore Papers, featuring all the poems shortlisted for this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize, including winner Sarah Barr and runners-up Peter Marshall and Frances Corkey Thompson. The issue will also feature some of the last unpublished poems by Tom Duddy, who died in 2012.

Later in the autumn True Tales from the Old Hill, an anthology of life writing edited by Rachel Cole and Jeremy Page and published in collaboration with the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex, will be launched. Further details will follow.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Sarah Barr wins Frogmore Prize 2015

The Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 has been awarded to Dorset poet Sarah Barr by adjudicator John McCullough. 

Of her Prize-winning poem McCullough says: 'January' uses form to create and complicate meaning in highly suggestive ways. The disjunctions between its stanzas evoke the sudden leaps of a mind actively thinking, the white spaces inviting us to imagine what's going on beneath the clipped surface of the language. Its first line is arresting and it draws much from ostensibly simple phrasing ('Perhaps it's natural...'). It carries on unfolding inside the reader once we have finished: a magnificent achievement and a worthy winner.’  

First runner-up was Peter Marshall from Basingstoke, who is a previous winner of the Prize (in 2007) and second runner-up was Frances Corkey Thompson from Ilfracombe, who has previously been short-listed for the Prize (in 2013). Next year will see the Frogmore Prize, which was established by the Frogmore Foundation in 1987, awarded for the 30th consecutive year.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Frogblog news

Catherine Smith's recent Frogmore Press pamphlet The New Cockaigne has received a glowing review from Scott Pack at Me And My Big Mouth:

"A funny and thought-provoking prose poem in which a new nihilist republic is declared, group sex is encouraged, pies rain from the sky and farting becomes a comeptitive sport. Made me chuckle more than once." 

Copies are available for only £5 (post free) from The Frogmore Press.

Autumn will see two further Frogmore publications: Cell by Clare Best and True Tales from the Old Hill, an anthology of life writing edited by Rachel Cole and Jeremy Page, in collaboration with the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Poetry prize deadline approaches

The deadline for submissions to this year's (29th) Frogmore Poetry Prize is fast approaching (31 May 2015). Adjudicator John McCullough, author of the highly acclaimed The Frost Fairs, will read all the entries and the entire shortlist of ten will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers.

This year's winner will join a distinguished list which includes Caroline Price, John Latham, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Ann Alexander, Katy Darby, Howard Wright, Sharon Black, Emily Wills and Lesley Saunders.

Full detail of how to enter (no entry form required) can be found at

Also on the Poetry PF website:

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Needlewriters anthology launched at Needlemakers in Lewes, and other news

Cover art by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis
The latest Frogmore publication The Needlewriters was launched at the Needlemakers in Lewes on 26 March 2015. The anthology contains poetry and prose by writers from Kent and Sussex who have read at the Needlewriters' quarterly events since 2008, including Peter Abbs, John Agard, Sasha Dugdale, Vanessa Gebbie, Lee Harwood, VG Lee, Patricia McCarthy, Grace Nichols, Nicholas Royle, Joe Sheerin, Catherine Smith, Lorna Thorpe, Jackie Wills and 40 others.

Also launching at the event was the online Needlewriters Companion.

Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page will be reading at the next Needlewriters event on 9 April with poet Judith Cair and novelist Jon Walter.

The Needlewriters anthology is available post-free from The Frogmore Press or Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes. Price £10.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Frogmore hits 85

March sees the publication of the 85th edition of The Frogmore Papers. This issue includes poetry from the recent Costa Prize winner Jonathan Edwards and former Frogmore Prize winners Sharon Black and Howard Wright, as well as former National Poetry Competition winner Mike Barlow.

There is prose from Welsh writer Simon Howells and American Alice Wooledge Salmon, and artwork from Ukrainian Alexei Talimonov. The striking cover design is by Hythe artist Carol Lewis.

The Frogmore Papers are available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ (£5) or may be purchased from Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes, East Sussex.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Frogmore in 2015

A  happy new year to all friends of Frogmore.

morphrog 10 (Poetry in the Extreme) went live on New Year's Day and can be viewed here.
It features work from the following poets:

Shanta Acharya, A J Huffman, Colin James, Chris McDermott, Laura McKee, Ottilie Mulzet, Jim Newcombe, David Olsen, David Romanda, Pauline Rowe, K V Skene, Ian C Smith, Lelanie Stewart, Marek Urbanowicz and Tony Walton.

2015 promises to be a busy year on the publishing front for The Frogmore Press:

In March a substantial anthology of poetry and prose by writers who have read at Needlewriters in Lewes will be published. In early summer a new pamphlet by Clare Best will appear. And the autumn will see the publication of an anthology of life writing in collaboration with the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex. See here for the Call for Submissions (deadline 31 March 2015).
Image copyright: Neil Gower/Viva Lewes
Numbers 85 and 86 of The Frogmore Papers will appear in March and September respectively, the latter containing all poems shortlisted for this year's (29th) Frogmore Poety Prize, to be adjudicated by John McCullough.