Folkestone is fast becoming a hotbed of artistic innovation to rival Hastings and Brighton. But the seeds were already sown in 1983 when Andre Evans and Jeremy Page launched The Frogmore Press from the town’s Frogmore tea-rooms.
The magazine has since moved left a bit and up a bit. It’s now published bi-annually from the East Sussex county town of Lewes. The latest issue lives up to its reputation for engaging cover designs with an arresting rendition of ‘twae corbies’ by Eva Bodinet.
Poets published in issue 89 include Claire Booker, Maggie Butt, Julia Deakin, James Flynn, Desmond Graham, Chris Hardy, D A Prince, John Short, Pam Zinneman-Hope and John Whitehouse. There are short stories by Caroline Price, Mary O’Donnell, Simon Howells, Kevin Tosca and Rachael McGill, plus a generous number of reviews including Peter Ebsworth’s Krapp’s Last Tape:The Musical which I for one have thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Copies of issue 89 are available for sale at £5, or you can take out a one year subscription (£10) or two year subscription (£15). The Frogmore Papers now operates submissions windows in April and October. For more details on how to submit or take out a subscription, please visit: www.frogmorepress.co.uk
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Icy winds may moan (and by golly they do) but nothing stops good poetry reaching its readers.
Claire Booker had plenty to celebrate this month, with poems published in South Bank Poetry and Prole literary magazines.
South Bank Poetry launched its 14th issue to a packed audience at the Poetry Cafe last week – so crowded I got shoe-horned in behind the lift! Along with a number of other contributors, including Paul Stephenson, Chris Hardy and Peter Ebsworth, I was invited to read my poems: ‘Sudden Snow’ explores the existential aspects of building a snowman, whilst ‘Forbidden Fruit, SW16’ is a cautionary tale of elderberry-picking on a south London street.
South Bank Poetry magazine is available from a number of bookshops, including Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall, and the National Theatre bookshop. Or you can order from South Bank Poetry, 74 Sylvan Road, SE19 2RZ (price £4.30 incl p&p).
The ever excellent Prole notched up issue number 9 this month, which includes a Claire Booker poem about South Africa alongside work by Wendy Pratt, Maitreyabandhu and Rafael Miguel Montes.
Visit the Prole website at: www.prolebooks.co.uk to order a copy of Issue 9, or to set up a subscription.
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Tagged Chris Hardy, Elderberry, Maitreyabandhu, Paul Stephenson, Peter Ebsworth, Prole, snow, South Africa, South Bank Poetry, Wendy Pratt