Taking Flight – Judith Parry

Judith Parry has been playing with words for as long as she can remember and confesses to being an inveterate show-off who will take any opportunity to perform. She wants people who encounter her work to be inspired to change, to know more at the end than they did at the beginning, but often simply to have a good laugh.

This is her first anthology, consisting chiefly of verses created during her creative writing studies.  Many of the pictures in this book were also produced during times of work and study, where Judith maintains they acted as ‘aids to concentration’.

It is hoped that the resultant combination of words and doodles is a quirky, thought-provoking collection that people will enjoy.

Taking Flight
Judith Parry
Published July 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-86-5
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 30
SLB098
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Judith launched her chapbook at the Gwyl Coda Festival at the beautiful and friendly Dol Llys campsite in Llanidloes. Her talk to festival goers “The Space-hopper is my Spirit Animal’ was inspirational, it was full of hope, and full of brilliant ideas. Find out more about Judith’s work at www.tellingstoriesblog.wordpress.com

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John’s Rocket – Jill Hedges

Earth’s moon; the brightest object in our night sky, has not only helped civilisations to observe the changing seasons, it has also helped us to chart important family landmarks too.

John’s fascination with technology and engineering has been a constant joy and we’ve enjoyed watching his ideas take shape and come to life. We always said that if Christina discovered a distant star, John would be the one who’d figure out how to get us there.

Created using print and collage techniques by artist Jill Hedges, who has had a lifelong fascination with the Moon and the stars, this charming little book celebrates love and family ties.

John’s Rocket
Jill Hedges
Published July 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-85-8
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 29
SLB097
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Jill Hedges is currently exhibiting her artwork at the Rooftop Arts Centre, Chisholm House, 9 Queens Square, Corby, NN17 1PD from 1-25 August 2018. TIME is a contemporary group exhibition exploring the idea of time and its relationship to the body, memory, and perception. Alongside Jill will be artists Bethany Murray, Sharon Read and Warren Shaw.
Works include drawing, sculpture, painting, sound and installation.

Health is a Human Right: Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

9781910578841Over 200 nursing students from Kingston University and St George’s University of London have tapped into their creative juices to produce inspirational writing on the 2018 International Nurses’ Day theme ‘A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right’.

Visiting Professor Karen Norman introduced this year’s Art of Caring writing competition by inviting participants to create an ‘aphorism’ on the IND theme. An ‘aphorism’ historically refers to the medical rules written by Hippocrates. Nowadays, it’s defined as ‘a concise expression of doctrine or principle of any generally accepted truth conveyed in a pithy, memorable statement.’ A good example is Florence Nightingale’s famous aphorism: ‘Hospitals should do the sick no harm.’ Here we present 27 written works chosen by the Kingston University Nursing Society in this special chapbook.

Health is a Human Right
Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS
Various Authors
Published July 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-84-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
SLB096
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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This chapbook was launched as part of the NHS 70th celebrations at the Art of Caring exhibition in St George’s Hospital on the 5th July 2018.
Art of Caring website

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London Violins 2018 – DJ Ritu and Alban Low

The radio programme ‘A World in London’ has been at the heart of the capital’s music scene since 2007. Originally broadcast on the BBC, it is now based at SOAS Radio (University of London) and Resonance FM. Hosted and produced by DJ Ritu , the show has an unrivalled reputation for presenting a rich cultural mix that truly reflects the diverse musical tastes of London and its people. Since 2016, Alban Low has been the show’s artist-in-residence, sketching the musical guests as they play live in the studio.

DJ Ritu and Alban Low are publishing a series of books that document the ever-changing live music scene in London. London stirs with musicians from all nations, playing in venues from grand concert halls to vibrant upstairs rooms in pubs. This books aims to capture a moment in a musician’s life and tell the story of their favourite venues.

Alban Low at the London Violins exhibition 2018

The first chapbook in the A World in London series is London Violins 2018. The book’s journey started with an art exhibition at the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall (February – June 2018) and will be officially launched on A World in London radio programme at Resonance FM on the 6th June 2018 (6.30-7.30pm). Musicians featured in the chapbook include James Patrick Gavin and Tad Sargent, Alice Barron and George Sleightholme, Olga Baron and John Macnaughton, Robert Atchison and Olga Dudnik, Agnes Branner and Martin Weightman, Anna Lowenstein and Rey Yusuf, Richard Jones and Christian Miller.

DJ Ritu is a pioneering international turntablist & BBC Radio presenter. In the ‘90s she co-founded Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri. Ritu has also broadcast for BBC World Service, Kiss 100 and many others. She manages two London club nights, Kuch Kuch and Club Kali, which are the longest running Bollywood events in the UK.

Alban Low is an artist working within London’s jazz scene, sketching in clubs by night and creating album covers by day. www.artofjazz.blogspot.co.uk

London Violins 2018:
A World in London
DJ Ritu and Alban Low
Published June 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-77-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 28
SLB085
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Musicians featured in the chapbook include James Patrick Gavin and Tad Sargent, Alice Barron and George Sleightholme, Olga Baron and John Macnaughton, Robert Atchison and Olga Dudnik, Agnes Branner and Martin Weightman, Anna Lowenstein and Rey Yusuf, Sarah Montague and Andrew Ryser Szymański, Richard Jones and Christian Miller.

A special thank you to Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Patrick Bernard and Sophie Darling for their support.

Perceptions of the Self – Sharon Read

Much of Sharon’s work presents a sense of the self, this, at first glance isn’t altogether obvious. Peel back the layers of material, mark making along with an internal monologue and this becomes something of a trait throughout her thinking, making and artistic philosophy.

“Quietly being in whatever form they
have reached.  Broken, used, or disregarded
they exist in full vibrancy.”
Sharon Read 2017

www.sharonread.co.uk

Perceptions of the Self
Sharon Read
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-83-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 27
SLB091
Print run of 50
Price – £2
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Palm Protector, 2018 – Bethany Murray

23 moulds of the palm of my left hand, putting pressure on my fingers in an attempt to replicate the permanent position of one of my patients’ hands following a stroke 23 years ago. The patient’s hand has been significantly neglected and it is this neglect that has left her hand in this position. I cannot replicate it fully but in the moments that I have tried, there has been pain, doubt and disbelief; disbelief that a person’s hand has suffered such change and neglect following a life-altering event in the brain. As artists, our minds and our hands are our most valuable tools; this work is a contemplation on the effect of illness and time on the hand and the brain. Accompanying these photographs are words from two of my poems Pure and Old Wounds that touch on elements of the sacred in previous works; these poems along with earlier sculptural works hold a preoccupation with the sacred and humanity’s impalpable sense of transience.

www.bethanyrm.com

Palm Protector, 2018
Bethany Murray
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-82-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 26
SLB090
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Financial Times – Wayne Sleeth

Wayne Sleeth is a british painter who from his studio in France has since 2015 been re-interpreting certain works of French master Claude Monet, including his Nymphéas (MonetMonetMonet, ISBN  978-1-910578-27-8). Keen to re-appropriate Monet’s views of Westminster and the Thames of a century ago, Sleeth has continued the ‘channel-crossing’ tradition, returning to London in painting and haikus in what are important, contemporary, and financial times.

Financial Times
Wayne Sleeth
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-81-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 25
SLB089
Print run of 250
Price – £2
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Small World Futures – CollectConnect at the #unsettledgallery

Small World Futures
Small World Futures is the title of an exhibition which took place in Bermondsey, London, in February 2018.
The exhibition comprised 38 miniature sculptures depicitng what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks was placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we featured one of the Worlds on the CollectConnect website alongside a piece of writing inspired by the artwork.
http://collectconnect.blogspot.co.uk/

As with all CollectConnect ventures, Small World Futures was a non profit making collaboration. Sixteen artists provided the Small World sculptures and six writers provided the words.

This chapbook includes an art work from each of the sixteen artists alongside the words from the writers. Copyright remains with the individual artists and writers.

Lesley Cartwright (art) Ed Arantus (words)

Small World Futures
Jill Hedges, Alban Low, Alan Carlyon Smith, Kevin Acott, Sara Lerota, Lesley Cartwright, Ed Arantus, Stella Tripp, Natalie Low, Bryan Benge, Dean Reddick, Wayne Sleeth, Bethany Murray, Rebecca Lowe, Tracy Boness, Francesca Albini, Melanie Ezra, Ann Kopka and Jenny Meehan
Published May 2018
Edited by Dean Reddick
ISBN 978-1-910578-80-3
A6 Size
32 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 24
SLB088
Print run of 250
Price – £3.70
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Murder in Limoux – Emily Wooden

In the sleepy French market town of Limoux, in a bustling square, a brutal murder takes place. But which stallholder committed this terrible crime and what was their motive?

Emily Wooden is an aspiring author who has taken her inspiration for this story from her holidays with her parents and sister in Limoux. She loves the sunny climes of Southern France as well as creating her stories in the cooler surroundings of West London.

Murder in Limoux
Emily Wooden
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-79-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 23
SLB087
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Beyond the Moon – Jill Hedges

Ancient people shared their traditions using myths and legends passed down by word of mouth. Stories of the stars in the night sky and the phases of the moon were told around the camp fire and predicted health, wealth, good fortune and love.

Created using print and collage techniques by artist Jill Hedges, who has had a lifelong fascination with the moon and the stars, this charming little book takes love a few (million) miles further.

Jill Hedges has had a lifelong fascination with the Moon and the stars. She is an artist who naturally uses different materials and alternative art forms to convey her ideas. In 2015 she created A Space Walk map, an imaginative 5 kilometre walk that has conveniently scaled down the solar system to a manageable size. This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames. In 2017 she published Christina’s Moon, a charming little chapbook that tells a tale of enduring love through the phases of the Moon. Hedges was one of the original artists behind Gallery 202, a contemporary artist led non-profit initiative based in Northamptonshire. Bringing contemporary art to rural and urban communities through exhibitions and artist involvement with the public.

For Christina, my amazing astronomer

Beyond the Moon
Jill Hedges
Published March 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-78-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 22
SLB086
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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