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Elbow Room has Sublimed

Elbow Room Issue 20As we go forward into the new year, ElbowRoom waves its beautiful pages in a gesture of farewell.

This lovingly hand-crafted gem has given the literary scene 20 issues of poetry, short prose and artwork, plus some fantastically enjoyable launch parties. It has earned the right to rest on its laurels. ElbowRoom Live

The brainchild of artist/writer, Rosie Sherwood, (ably assisted by poet Zelda Chappel), Elbowroom launched in April 2012 and became something of a trend-setter in the world of hand-made art journals.

More than 100 writers have graced its pages. Poets published in this final volume (issue 20) are James Bell, Claire Booker, Christy Hall, Roger Hare, Oz Hardwick and Stella Wulf. The photographic artworks are by Bethany Murray and Rosie Sherwood. Elbow Room Issue 20 by Rosie Sherwood

“In the introduction to the first volume of Elbow Room, I wrote about coming across a hand-painted sign for a bookshop so tiny it only had space for a desk and one over-flowing bookcase,” says Rosie Sherwood.

“Despite the size of the shop, they had divided the shelves into fiction, poetry, illustration, photography etc. I found myself frustrated that art, visual and written, is not allowed to sit together more regularly. This was the birth of Elbow Room.”

You can still buy some Elbow Room back-numbers by visiting the As Yet Untitled website. Although its flagship publication, Elbow Room, has now sublimed, As Yet Untitled will continue to specialise in limited edition, handmade works that embrace the breadth of possibility in book form, from traditional binding techniques to sculptural works.

Good luck Rosie, and all who sail with you!

Check out the latest developments at As Yet Untitled

Fine art and poetry fuse at Elbow Room

Renegade by Maren ReeseCamden High Street in torrential rain –   then suddenly the steaming buzz of inSpiral cafe where scuttled umbrellas rub spokes with 0rganic smoothies, poetry and jazz cello.  It’s the launch of Elbow Room (Volume Two) which has to rate as one of the liveliest launch parties ever.   ElbowRoom (Quarry, 2012 by Jayne Anita Smith)

ElbowRoom is already proving fine art and poetry can be natural bedfellows. “Volume One was picked up by the bookartbookshop and is now sold out,” says curator/producer Rosie Sherwood.  

Volume Two features art works by Norwegian artist Maren Reese and UK-based Jayne Smith, alongside poetry by Claire Booker, Jonathan Butcher and Harry Man.  Each pamphlet has been beautifully handcrafted and is marked as one of a limited edition.  Canny collectors get cracking!

Look out for ElbowRoom later this year at Turn the Page – the artists’ book fair in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.  To submit poetry or artwork, or to buy a copy of the latest volume, check them out at tumblr.


Music from Mina's Ghost

Music from Mina’s Ghost

Poet Jonathan Butcher

Poet Jonathan Butcher

Poet Claire Booker

Poet Claire Booker

http://www.maren-reese.com   (top left painting – Renegade by Maren Reese)
http://www.jaynesmith.co.uk    (top right painting – Quarry, 2012 by Jayne Anita Smith)
And if you enjoy the contemporary sound of guitar, cello and voice check out Mina’s Ghost at: https://soundcloud.com/minas-ghost/